Cancer Waiting Times (CWT) urgent suspected cancer referrals: referral, conversion and detection rates


The tables below provide the national referral, conversion and detection rates by cancer site for the most recent financial year:


For urgent suspected cancer referrals, referral, conversion and detection rates are provided for every financial year. Where the single year rate is not meaningful, the rates based on 3-year rolling average are provided instead, which are denoted against the mid-point of the 3 year period. This means that no 3-year rolling average data is provided for the financial years at the start (2009/10) and end (2019/20) of the time series. However, there remain some instances where, for the less common referral types/ cancer sites and smaller geography combinations, the rates are not provided for either 1-year or 3-year data.


The tables below provide infomation on what rates are available by cancer site and geography:







This tool presents the referral rate, conversion rate and detection rate of urgent suspected cancer referrals, for England from 2009/10 onwards.

The results are presented for a choice of referral type/ cancer site, allowing comparisons of the rates for different geographies and periods.

On the 'Tabular Data' tab, you can view and/or download the underlying data for your selections.


  • Urgent suspected cancer referrals (commonly known as two week wait referrals) are used to refer patients with possible cancer symptoms to secondary care for investigation and possible diagnosis.

  • Referral rate is the number of urgent suspected cancer referrals relative to the population size, presented per 100,000 population.

  • Conversion rate is the percentage of urgent suspected cancer referrals which result in a diagnosis of cancer.

  • Detection rate is the percentage of cases recorded in the Cancer Waiting Times data as receiving a first treatment for cancer which resulted from an urgent suspected cancer referral.


For urgent suspected cancer referrals, referral, conversion and detection rates are provided for every financial year. Where the single year rate is not meaningful, the rates based on 3-year rolling average are provided instead, which are denoted against the mid-point of the 3 year period. This means that no 3-year rolling average data is provided for the financial years at the start (2009/10) and end (2019/20) of the time series. However, there remain some instances where, for the less common referral types/ cancer sites and smaller geography combinations, the rates are not provided for either 1-year or 3-year data.

Download data for selected geography and suspected referral type(s)/ cancer site(s)
Download data all geographies and suspected referral types/ cancer sites (~11 MB)

This work uses data that has been provided by patients and collected by the NHS as part of their care and support. It is sourced from NHS Digital, and NHS England and NHS Improvement and collated, maintained and quality assured by the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service, which is part of Public Health England.
Selected filters:
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Geographies:
Referral type/ Cancer site:
Financial year:

Available data:
Referral rates:
Conversion rates:
Detection rates:

For more information on available data please see '(1) Summary of available data'


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This tool presents the referral rate, conversion rate and detection rate of urgent suspected cancer referrals, for England from 2009/10 onwards.

The results are presented for a choice of referral type/ cancer site, allowing comparisons of the rates for different geographies and periods.

On the 'Tabular Data' tab, you can view and/or download the underlying data for your selections.


  • Urgent suspected cancer referrals (commonly known as two week wait referrals) are used to refer patients with possible cancer symptoms to secondary care for investigation and possible diagnosis.

  • Referral rate is the number of urgent suspected cancer referrals relative to the population size, presented per 100,000 population.

  • Conversion rate is the percentage of urgent suspected cancer referrals which result in a diagnosis of cancer.

  • Detection rate is the percentage of cases recorded in the Cancer Waiting Times data as receiving a first treatment for cancer which resulted from an urgent suspected cancer referral.


For urgent suspected cancer referrals, referral, conversion and detection rates are provided for every financial year. Where the single year rate is not meaningful, the rates based on 3-year rolling average are provided instead, which are denoted against the mid-point of the 3 year period. This means that no 3-year rolling average data is provided for the financial years at the start (2009/10) and end (2019/20) of the time series. However, there remain some instances where, for the less common referral types/ cancer sites and smaller geography combinations, the rates are not provided for either 1-year or 3-year data.

Download data for selected geography and suspected referral type(s)/ cancer site(s)
Download data all geographies and suspected referral types/ cancer sites (~11 MB)

This work uses data that has been provided by patients and collected by the NHS as part of their care and support. It is sourced from NHS Digital, and NHS England and NHS Improvement and collated, maintained and quality assured by the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service, which is part of Public Health England.
Selected filters:
Geography level:
Geography:
Referral types/ Cancer sites:
Financial year:

Available data:
Referral rates:
Year formats:
Unavailable data:
Conversion rates:
Year formats:
Unavailable data:
Detection rates:
Year formats:
Unavailable data:

For more information on available data please see '(1) Summary of available data'


Charts and tables:

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Detection rate
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