Maybe each of us knows that cancer is one of the most widespread and unpredictable diseases in the world.
Actually, cancer ranks second after cardiovascular disease in the list of the major people killers.
It seems like there is a lot of information about cancer symptoms, risk factors and screenings. However recent survey shows that high number of people in the US has misconceptions about this life-threatening disorder.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology sponsored a big national survey, in order to understand and correct public beliefs.
ASCO's National Cancer Opinion Survey involved approximately 4000 Americans, who were asked about the main causes of developing malignancy. Four percent of the respondents experienced cancer themselves and 32 percent have a loved one with this issue.
It was found that only one of every three American adults knows that being obese can significantly boost person's risks of cancer. Numerous researches show that obesity is associated with increased chances of getting breast, rectal, kidney and pancreatic cancers.
The good news is that vast majority of people (78%) understand that smoking can lead to neoplasm occurrence.
Nearly 66% of respondents knew that excessive exposure to UV radiation (including sun rays) can contribute to skin cancer. But only 48% use sun protection to decrease this risk.
You probably know that regular exercises are beneficial for your shape and heart health. But have you ever heard that staying inactive may increase hazards of getting malignancy? If no, you're not alone. Only 25% of asked individuals consider lack of exercises as risk factor.
According to recommendations of the American Cancer Society, the average adult needs to get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of high-intensity exercises, which make your heart beat faster and speed up your breathing.
Everything you eat, makes a great influence on your body, you know. However only 38% understand that poor food preferences may really raise chances of developing cancer.
The same problem appears with alcohol. Even though, we all know about harm of binge drinking, only 30% of 4000 people identify alcohol as a cancer-related factor.
All problems come from genes. And 74% of participants think so about cancer risks too. The truth is that only 5-10% of all neoplasms occurs directly because of genetic abnormalities.
More than 60 percent of people worry about experiencing cancer in the course of the life.
It's really frightening that overwhelming majority of Americans are concerned about the cost of cancer drugs.
Study found that nearly 9% of cancer sufferers skipped medical specialist appointments, while 8% refused treatment at all. Just imagine that people risk their health and lives because of too high prices on medications!
92% think that the government should regulate drugs costs, making them more affordable for patients.
Most of American people are optimistic about the future and expect that most malignancies would be curable within following 50 years.
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