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Table 4 Number of patients with symptomatic or asymptomatic initiation of the diagnostic process of colorectal cancer, in relation to location for colon cancer. Cohort study with 61,802 patients in primary care (2011–12)

From: Symptoms and signs of colorectal cancer, with differences between proximal and distal colon cancer: a prospective cohort study of diagnostic accuracy in primary care

Type of referral / Location of cancer Colon Cancer Rectal cancer
Proximal (n = 18) Distal (n = 26) Unspecified (n = 21) (n = 29)
A. Symptomatic patients (Colon 57, rectum 28)
PC, ordinary referral (Colon 24, Rectum 13) 5 12 7 13
PC, fast track referral (Colon 17, Rectum 11) 4 7 6 11
PC, urgent referral (Colon 12, Rectum 3) 5 2 5 3
SC, no referral (Colon 4, Rectum 1)) 2 2   1
B. Asymptomatic patients (Colon 8, Rectum 1)
Screening (Colon 2, Rectum 1)   2   1
Incidentally (Colon 5) 2 1 2  
Do not know (Colon 1)    1  
  1. PC Primary care, SC Specialist/hospital care