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Table 3 Diagnosed cancers among patients with serious non-specific cancer symptoms referred from participating GP; primary care interval shown as median, 75 % and 90 % percentiles

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

Cancer type Numbers (% of all cancers) Median (days) 75 percentile 90 percentile
All cancer patients 207 (100 %) 15 72 130
Lung cancer 37 (17.9 %) 19.5 77.5 127
Colorectal cancer 26 (12.6 %) 11 56 110
Hematopoietic tissue cancer 21 (10.1 %) 19 85 278
Pancreatic cancer 19 (9.2 %) 7 22 51
Oesophagus, stomach and small intestine cancer 17 (8.2 %) 32.5 88 130
Breast cancer 13 (6.3 %) 8 24 35
Liver and biliary system cancer 11 (5.3 %) 7 49 80
Kidney cancer 11 (5.3 %) 35 69 168
Metastasis 11 (5.3 %) 51 100 345
Prostate cancer 10 (4.8 %) 53 131.5 357
Brain cancer 5 (2.4 %) 21 21 52
Cervix, ovarian and uterus cancer 4 (1.9 %) 29 69.5 96
Malignant melanoma 4 (1.9 %) 12.5 79 135
Soft tissue cancer 4 (1.9 %) 36.5 79 99
Unspecified cancer 4 (1.9 %) 123 365 365
Lip, oral and pharynx cancer 2 (1.0 %) 9 9 9
Thyroid cancer 2 (1.0 %) 6 8 8
Other cancers* 6 (2.9 %) 34 74 108
  1. *Ill-defined digestive organ cancer: larynx cancer, chest cavity cancer, sternum cancer and clavicle cancer, penis cancer and testicle cancer