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Table 3 Percentage reporting a symptom and (in italics) the median time in weeks between first report of symptom and date of diagnosis or investigation/referral in the year before each index date

From: Determining the date of diagnosis – is it a simple matter? The impact of different approaches to dating diagnosis on estimates of delayed care for ovarian cancer in UK primary care

Symptom Date1 Date2 Date3 Date4
  % median delay (weeks) % delay % delay % delay
Abdominal pain 41 13 41 12 41 12 38 8
Urogenital 25 21 25 19 25 19.5 24 8
Abdominal distension 24 9.5 24 9 24 9 20 3
Constipation/change bowel habits 23 8.5 23 8 23 9 19 10
Abdominal mass 19 6 20 5.5 19 5 15 0
Indigestion 11 21 11 19.5 11 20 9 21
Nausea/Vomiting 10 6 8 7 8 7 6 9
Back pain 9 30.5 10 31 10 31 9 28.5
Breathing Probs 8 11 8 7 8 7 7 5.5
Appetite/Weight 6 9 5 9 5 9 4 8
Tiredness 5 10 5 9.5 5 10 6 8
Pelvic pain 3 9 3 10 3 10 2 1.5
Any one of these symptoms 87 19.5 87 18 87 18 85 10