The secondary care diagnostic interval (SCDI) is the period of time, in days, from a patient’s first interaction with secondary care, which can be a referral, appointment or diagnostic test, to their cancer diagnosis. A short SCDI is not necessarily better, as it may represent the presence of clear symptoms or advanced disease, which result in a quicker cancer diagnosis.

In partnership with Cancer Research UK, PHE has published new data showing the SCDIs for cancer patients in England diagnosed in 2014-2015. The data, from PHE’s National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS) was used to calculate this interval for the first time for nearly all patients with 25 different cancers – including breast, colorectal and liver cancer.

SCDI data can be viewed and downloaded from an online tool, which displays different cancer types by demographic factors and Cancer Alliance. Using this tool, we are now able to understand how these intervals vary across different…



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