Young people's cancers diagnosis statistics

Routes to diagnosis

'Emergency presentation' is the most common route to diagnosing young people's cancers

Around a fifth (19%) of cancer cases in young people in England are diagnosed via the ‘two-week wait’ referral route.[1]

Almost a quarter (23%) of cancer cases in young people in England are diagnosed following a routine or urgent GP referral (but not under the ‘two-week wait’ referral route.[1]

Around a quarter (24%) of cancer cases in young people in England are diagnosed after presenting as an emergency.[1]

As for adults route of diagnosis varies considerably by cancer type. 


  1. Routes to diagnosis data were provided by National Cancer Intelligence Network, on request October 2012. Similar data can be found here:

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Data is for: England, See source for ICD codes and other data specifics.

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