From the Seed mothership: Cancer is due to ‘fate’, Britons believe
More than a quarter of people believe that fate alone will determine whether they get cancer, not their lifestyle choices, according to a survey conducted by charity Cancer Research UK.
The poll of more than 4,000 adults across the country asked people if they thought they could reduce their risk of getting cancer or whether it was out of their hands.
A total of 27 percent of people said cancer was down to fate, with more women than men believing cancer was a matter of destiny than prevention through measures such as quitting smoking or eating healthily.
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Going along with my earlier post from today discussing health, wealth, and education:
Among those from the most deprived areas, the figure rose to 43 percent but fell to 14 percent in the most privileged areas.
The charity’s press release contains even more data:
Of the 4,000 people questioned two thirds (66 per cent) were unaware that being overweight or obese increases the risk of some cancers. And almost exactly the same number (67 per cent) did not know that a diet low in fruit and vegetables could increase their chance of getting the disease.
Only one third (34 per cent) mentioned drinking less alcohol as a way of reducing risk. And around 75 per cent of those questioned were ignorant of the cancer risks posed by taking HRT or having many sexual partners.
This last one is pretty incredible. Anyone know if they have any ad campaigns over in the UK running for the HPV vaccine?
And while ignorance of actual causes was fairly high, there were also some false beliefs that unproven factors could increase your cancer risk:
But almost a quarter (24 per cent) believed living near power lines was a risk. And more than one third (34 per cent) thought stress was linked to cancer. Yet there is no strong scientific evidence to support either of these beliefs.
I hope we’re not exporting more of our science ignorance overseas…