Around 4 in 10 (39%) of liver cancer cases in England are diagnosed after presenting as an emergency. Around two thirds (65%) of emergency presentation cases are via Accident and Emergency (A&E), with the other cases coming via an emergency GP referral, inpatient referral or outpatient referral.
More than a quarter (28%) of liver cancer cases in England are diagnosed following a routine or urgent GP referral (but not under the ‘two-week wait’ referral route).
More than 3 in 20 (17%) of liver cancer cases in England are diagnosed via an ‘other outpatient’ attendance (either through self referral, consultant to consultant referral or other type of referral).
Around a tenth (11%) of liver cancer cases in Enland are diagnosed via the ‘two-week wait’ referral route. This proportion is low compared with the average across all cancer types.
There are variations in routes to diagnosis by sex, age, deprivation and ethnicity.
Liver Cancer (C22), Percentage of Cases by Route to Diagnosis, Adults Aged 15-99, England, 2012-2013
- National Cancer Intelligence Network. Routes to Diagnosis 2006-2013 workbook (a). London: NCIN; 2015.
- National Cancer Intelligence Network. Routes to diagnosis 2006-2013 workbook (b). London: NCIN; 2016
- National Cancer Intelligence Network. Routes to diagnosis Site Specific Data Briefings 2006-2013. London: NCIN; 2016
About this data
Data is for: England, 2012-2013, ICD-10 C22