Many cancer patients 'do not fear death'

23 December 2015

Many people who have been diagnosed with cancer do not instantly assume the worst and fear death, a new survey has revealed.

According to Cancer Research UK, just 30 per cent of respondents said they felt scared of dying when they were told they had cancer.

Meanwhile, just 29 per cent of people who knew a person diagnosed with the condition said they were worried about them dying. Instead, sadness and shock were the most common reactions.

Martin Ledwick, head cancer information nurse at Cancer Research UK, said the findings are "reassuring".

"A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, but more than ever before research has led to better treatments and more patients surviving," he commented.

Mr Ledwick added that while one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in the future, a record number of cancer patients are surviving the disease.

Nearly three-quarters of Britons agreed that scientific research is the only way for new treatments to be developed to prevent, diagnose, treat and cure cancer.

Posted by Edward Bartel

 

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