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Table 3 Mean time from last breast symptom reported to diagnosis (N = 331) and to surgery (N = 212) by co-variables, among non-screen-detected women who also reported breast symptoms

From: Do pre-diagnosis primary care consultation patterns explain deprivation-specific differences in net survival among women with breast cancer? An examination of individually-linked data from the UK West Midlands cancer registry, national screening programme and Clinical Practice Research Datalink

  Time from last breast-related consultation to diagnosis Time from diagnosis to surgery
N (%) Mean (range), days P value (trend) N (%) Mean (range), days P value (trend)a
Total 331 (100.0) 16.0 (1–509)   212 (100.0) 23.7 (1–199)  
Deprivation
 Least deprived 75 (22.7) 15.6 (1–444) 0.299 48 (22.6) 22.1 (7–117) 0.034
 2 97 (29.3) 15.1 (1–509)   59 (27.8) 21.5 (3–156)  
 3 52 (15.7) 15.8 (2–116)   34 (16.0) 20.9 (1–162)
 4 49 (14.8) 15.0 (2–373)   35 (16.5) 27.6 (13–136)
 Most deprived 58 (17.5) 19.3 (1–389)   36 (17.0) 29.2 (10–199)
Extent
 1 162 (48.9) 14.6 (1–444) 0.554 110 (51.9) 22.0 (3–139) 0.137
 2 134 (40.5) 17.2 (1–509)   89 (42.0) 24.3 (1–199)  
 3 12 (3.6) 13.9 (2–222)   4 (1.9) 48.5 (22–156)
 missing 23 (6.9)    9 (4.2)  
Age
 50–54 89 (26.9) 19.4 (1–509) 0.144 59 (27.8) 21.8 (2–162) 0.790
 55–59 62 (18.7) 14.6 (1–258)   45 (21.2) 25.2 (3–153)  
 60–64 89 (26.9) 15.9 (2–109)   54 (25.5) 23.9 (1–151)
 65–70 91 (27.5) 14.1 (1–389)   54 (25.5) 24.3 (6–199)
BMI
  < 25 normal 141 (42.6) 15.0 (1–444) 0.235 85 (40.1) 21.3 (2–199) 0.590
 25to < 30 overweight 97 (29.3) 14.5 (1–509)   68 (32.1) 26.7 (7–156)  
 30+ obese 68 (20.5) 20.1 (4–444)   49 (23.1) 22.4 (1–162)
 missing 25 (7.6)    10 (4.7)  
 Smoking
 non- or ex-smoker 219 (66.2) 15.4 (1–509) 0.371 142 (67.0) 23.4 (1–156) 0.881
 current smoker 102 (30.8) 17.5 (1–258)   64 (30.2) 24.3 (3–199)  
 missing 10 (3.0)    6 (2.8)  
Alcohol consumption status
 non-drinker 37 (11.2) 14.0 (2–101) 0.989 26 (12.3) 21.6 (11–53) 0.857
 current drinker 242 (73.1) 16.4 (1–509)   155 (73.1) 24.1 (1–199)  
 ex-drinker 33 (10.0) 15.4 (2–393)   23 (10.8) 21.3 (6–106)
 missing 19 (5.7)    8 (3.8)  
Charlson score
 0 298 (90.0) 15.8 (1–509) 0.414 188 (88.7) 23.1 (1–199) 0.103
 1+ 33 (10.0) 17.4 (2–109)   24 (11.3) 28.9 (12–106)  
Lump symptom
 No 59 (17.8) 20.0 (1–444) 0.206 35 (16.5) 23.1 (3–199) 0.827
 Yes 272 (82.2) 15.2 (1–509)   177 (83.5) 23.8 (1–162)  
  1. a Non-parametric tests for trend statistics and means exclude missing values and were performed on log-transformed values