Table 1: Characteristics of the included diagnoses

From: The role of primary care in cancer diagnosis via emergency presentation: qualitative synthesis of significant event reports

Characteristicsn (%)Advanced/metastatic
All patients222105 (47.3)
Gender
Male107 (48.2)51 (47.7)
Female107 (48.2)52 (48.6)
Not reporteda8 (3.6)2 (25.0)
Age at diagnosis (years)
Range10–92 
x̄/s.d.65.4/17.2 
Not reporteda2 (0.9) 
Vital status at SEA
Alive127 (57.2)53 (41.7)
Dead87 (39.2)48 (55.2)
Unknownb3 (1.3)2 (66.7)
Not reporteda5 (2.3)2 (40.0)
Cancer group
Brain9 (4.1)
Breast2 (0.9)2 (100)
Carcinoid1 (0.5)1 (100)
Central nervous system1 (0.5)
Colorectal21 (9.4)9 (42.9)
Gynaecological25 (11.2)15 (60.0)
Haematological22 (9.9)1 (4.5)
Head and neck1 (0.5)1 (100)
Lung72 (32.4)40 (55.6)
Melanoma2 (0.9)2 (100)
Sarcoma2 (0.9)1 (50.0)
Upper GI44 (19.8)19 (43.2)
Urological11 (4.9)5 (45.5)
Cancer of unknown primary9 (4.1)9 (100)
  1. Abbreviations: GI=gastrointestinal; SEA=significant event audit.
  2. aInformation on patient age, sex and vital status was specifically requested in the SEA template but was not provided by some responding practitioners.
  3. bPatient moved out of the practice area following diagnosis.