Table 1

Participant characteristics

 Diagnosis
Total
n=40
CRC cancer N=18Other diagnoses* N=22
Location of interview
 East Anglia1789
 North East231013
Female18810
Male221012
Age
 Mean years (range)63 (43–87)65 (49–85)62 (43–87)
 40–591349
 60–79231211
 80+422
Ethnicity
 White British371720
 Other312
Educational qualifications†
 Higher education1587
 Post 16 or vocational15510
 Secondary school211
 None743
IMD quintiles
   1 (least deprived)1468
 2954
 3413
 4523
  5 (most deprived)844
Referral type
 2 week wait/urgent23149
 Emergency312
 Routine14311
GP appointments made before referral
 0312
 1241113
 2725
 3 or more642
Median weeks from 1st reported symptom to presentation (range)12 (0–100)13 (1–77)11 (0–100)
Percentage of waiting >6 weeks from noticing first reported symptom to presentation718163
Percentage of waiting >6 weeks from first noticing trigger symptom to presentation291642
Comorbidities
 IBS202
 Diabetes321
 Arthritis1147
 Lung/heart disease1367
 None1578
  • *Polyps (5), diverticulitis (5), haemorrhoids (4), IBS (4), fissure (1), angiodysplasia (1), constipation (1), anaemia (1), spirochetosis (1), colitis (1).

  • †1 missing data item.

  • CRC, colorectal cancer; IBS, irritable bowel syndrome; IMD, Index of Multiple Deprivation; GP, general practitioner.