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Table 4 Delay (in days) and symptoms (n = 83 patients)

From: Factors influencing patient and health care delays in Oropharyngeal Cancer

 Number (%)Patient delayP valuePHCa delayP valueSpecialist-care delaybP value
Lump on the neck  0.130 0.764 0.029
 No26 (31.3)31.0 16.0 64.0 
 Yes57 (68.7)24.0 15.0 49.5 
Pain  0.526 0.898 0.345
 No43 (51.8)22.5 15.0 55.0 
 Yes40 (48.2)37.0 16.0 49.5 
Problems swallowing  0.296 0.101 0.268
 No53 (63.9)24.0 11.0 50.0 
 Yes30 (36.1)42.0 20.0 60.5 
Hoarseness  0.149 0.683 0.252
 No70 (84.3)24.0 15.0 50.0 
 Yes13 (15.7)68.5 18.0 60.5 
Ulcer or other lesion  0.661 0.633 0.886
 No70 (84.3)29.0 15.0 51.0 
 Yes13 (15.7)39.0 20.0 55.0 
Weight loss  0.012 0.837 0.391
 No74 (89.2)24.0 15.0 52.5 
 Yes9 (10.8)75.5 16.0 69.0 
Bleeding  0.959 0.491 0.155
 No79 (95.2)30.0 15.0 54.0 
 Yes4 (4.8)28.5 26.0 41.5 
Difficulty breathing  0.007 0.075 0.688
 No79 (95.2)29.0 15.0 51.0 
 Yes4 (4.8)151.0 35.0 64.0 
Facial swelling  0.583 0.223  
 No81 (97.6)30.0 15.5 52.5 
 Yes2 (2.4)51.5 5.0   
Visual impairment  0.627 0.916  
 No82 (98.8)30.0 15.0 54.0 
 Yes1 (1.2)9.0 19.0   
Other symptoms16 (19.3)      
Pain intensity  0.791 0.345 0.561
 No pain42 (50.6)23.0 15.0 54.5 
 Mild or moderatec29 (34.9)39.5 14.5 49.5 
 Severed12 (14.5)21.0 34.5 54.0 
Number of different symptoms  0.021 0.669 0.652
 One28 (33.7)14.0 10.0 50.0 
 Two25 (30.1)30.5 15.5 54.0 
 Three or more30 (36.1)59.0 17.5 53.5 
  1. aPHC primary health care
  2. bn = 77 patients
  3. cNo need for regular painkillers
  4. dRegular painkillers needed