A new cancer survey carried out in the UK has found that 34 percent of the public thinks that getting cancer is merely down to fate and that there is nothing they can do to prevent it. This is an attitude that will undoubtedly cost lives.
The survey involved 2,000 adults over the age of 16 and found that 34 percent of them believed that getting cancer, or not, was just a matter of fate and didn’t have anything to do with lifestyle, family history or any other factor. The older the person interviewed, the greater the chance they would think cancer was down to fate. About 41 percent of people over the age of 55 thought this.
They were asked to select what they feared the most from a list, including Alzheimer’s disease, old age, cancer, motor neuron disease, having a heart attack, being stabbed, being in a plane crash, being in a car accident, losing their job, being in debt and losing their home and the verdict was that more people overall chose cancer above anything else.
Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK’s director of health information, said, “The fear factor is a serious wake-up call for the British public. It’s absolutely vital for us to get the message out that people can do something to alleviate their emphatic fear of cancer. Spotting early signs and symptoms of what could be cancer – but probably isn’t – and getting these checked out by a doctor means that the disease can be diagnosed more quickly. When cancer is diagnosed early then treatment is more likely to be effective with a better chance of long-term survival.”
Various research studies have shown that stress can trigger cancer and people who are emotionally and economically deprived are more likely to die of cancer than those with supportive family structures. Research has also shown that smoking leads to cancer, as does poor diet, obesity, drinking too much alcohol, not getting enough exercise, sleep and sunlight.
Certain contraceptives, medicines and even cosmetics containing substances like formaldehyde all increase the risk of getting cancer. There are positive steps you can take to minimize your risk of cancer. Here are a few ideas:
• Don’t smoke and if you do, try to quit.