More than a third of people in the UK fear cancer more than other life-threatening conditions – such as Alzheimer’s, stroke and heart disease according to a Cancer Research UK survey. And top of the list of cancers most feared is brain cancer followed by bowel and lung cancers.
Cancer Research UK commissioned a YouGov survey of more than 2000 people to find out the disease or condition feared by most people in the UK.
More than a third (35 per cent) said cancer was the disease they feared most.
When asked which cancer they feared most 16 per cent said brain cancer. The main reasons for this were that they believed it was the cancer they were most likely to die from (57 per cent) or that it had the worst symptoms (47 per cent).
Dr Lesley Walker, director of cancer information at Cancer Research UK, said: “Cancer is a very emotive subject and it’s understandable why so many people fear it among other diseases.
“What’s heartening is that overall survival from all cancers has doubled over the last 40 years and this optimistic message is reaching the public who have rightly picked breast and testicular cancer which are both cancers with high survival rates.
Fear freezes us, not cancer
Helen Bulbeck, Director of brainstrust says of this news, “We know this fear from our daily interactions with people from the brain cancer community.
“But we also know that those diagnosed with this catastrophic illness can be the most inspirational and courageous. We are humbled on a daily basis when we talk with our community. A brain tumour diagnosis takes you to some dark places, but it is fear that freezes us, not the cancer. Our belief that the more information you have the more you are empowered to take control is borne out on a daily basis. We have some true giants on board – people who have been diagnosed with a brain tumour but who do all they can to help others, as well as themselves.