More than a third (35%) of lung cancer cases in England are diagnosed after presenting as an emergency. This proportion is high compared with the average across all cancer types, which probably indicates later diagnosis in general. The proportion of patients presenting as an emergency is similar for females (36%) than males (35%), and generally rises with increasing age, reaching a peak in 85+ year-olds (54%). Emergency presentations for lung 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.
More than a quarter (28%) of lung cancer cases in England are diagnosed via the ‘two-week wait’ referral route.
Around a fifth (21%) of lung cancer cases in England are diagnosed following a routine or urgent GP referral (but not under the ‘two-week wait’ referral route).
Lung Cancer (C33-C34), Percentage of Cases by Route to Diagnosis, Adults Aged 15-99, England, 2012-2013
- National Cancer Intelligence Network. Routes to Diagnosis 2006-2013 workbook. London: NCIN; 2015.