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Table 2 Baseline characteristics of patients referred by GPs to the panel of blood tests as part of the triage function (n = 1499)

From: Routine blood tests and probability of cancer in patients referred with non-specific serious symptoms: a cohort study

  Patients diagnosed with cancer
(n = 183, 12.2%)
Patients not diagnosed with cancer
(n = 1316, 87.8%)
p-value
Age, years  
median (IQI) 71 (66–77) 65 (54–75) <0.001a
Gender, n (%)
Male 108 (59.0) 606 (46.0) <0.001b
Female 75 (41.0) 710 (54.0)
Number of valid blood test results (median (IQI))
Men 27 (25–27) 26 (25–27) 0.110a
Women 26 (24–26) 25 (24–26) 0.392a
  1. aWilcoxon rank sum test
  2. bChi-squared test