Around 4 in 10 (39%) of anal cancer cases in England are diagnosed following a routine or urgent GP referral (but not under the ‘two-week wait’ referral route). This proportion is high compared with the average across all cancer types.
Almost a third (31%) of anal cancer cases in England are diagnosed via the ‘two-week wait’ referral route.
Almost 3 in 20 (13%) of anal cancer cases in England are diagnosed after presenting as an emergency. The proportion of patients presenting as an emergency is slightly higher for males (14%) than females (12%), and rises with increasing age, reaching a peak in 85+ year-olds (24%). Emergency presentations for anal cancer also show an association with deprivation, with the proportion of patients presenting as an emergency being highest in people living in the most deprived areas in England.
Anal Cancer (C21), Percentage of Cases by Route to Diagnosis, Adults Aged 15-99, England, 2006-2013
- National Cancer Intelligence Network. Routes to Diagnosis 2006-2013 workbook. London: NCIN; 2015.