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Table 2 Symptoms, abnormal clinical findings and abnormal diagnostic test results among included patients at referral

From: The Danish cancer pathway for patients with serious non-specific symptoms and signs of cancer–a cross-sectional study of patient characteristics and cancer probability

  Total (n = 1269) Patients with cancer n (%)
Symptoms at referral   
Weight loss 671 (52.5 %) 104 (15.5 %)
Fatigue 642 (50.2 %) 102 (15.9 %)
Pain 468 (36.6 %) 86 (18.4 %)
Nausea 352 (27.5 %) 65 (18.5 %)
Malaise 314 (24.7 %) 59 (18.8 %)
Vertigo 174 (13.6 %) 29 (16.7 %)
Change in bowel habits 137 (10.7 %) 24 (17.5 %)
Excessive sweating 128 (10.0 %) 15 (12.5 %)
Cough 114 (8.9 %) 15 (13.2 %)
Lump/tumour 108 (8.5 %) 29 (26.9 %)
No symptom 33 (2.6 %) 7 (21.2 %)
Abnormal clinical findings at referral   
Affected general condition 457 (35.8 %) 80 (17.5 %)
GP’s ‘gut feeling’ 287 (22.5 %) 69 (24.0 %)
Abdomen 166 (13.0 %) 35 (21.1 %)
Skin 61 (4.8 %) 12 (19.7 %)
Extremity 56 (4.4 %) 10 (17.9 %)
Lungs 51 (4.0 %) 7 (13.7 %)
Lymph node 44 (3.4 %) 12 (27.3 %)
Weight loss 35 (2.7 %) 3 (8.8 %)
Joints 31 (2.4 %) 3 (9.7 %)
Neurological dysfunction 30 (2.4 %) 8 (26.7 %)
Abnormal diagnostic test results at referral  
Blood sample at GP 619 (48.4 %) 104 (16.8 %)
Blood sample at hospital 253 (19.8 %) 37 (14.6 %)
Diagnostic imaging 192 (15.0 %) 32 (16.7 %)
Urine sample 2 (0.2 %) 1 (50.0 %)