Only ¼ of the subjects identified all the misconceptions as false.
This is stunning news. And I wonder if a similar study has been done here in the Philippines, and what the possible results are.41 percent said surgical treatments actually spread cancer in the body; another 13 percent were unsure.
27 percent said there is a cure for cancer available that's being held back by the health-care industry; another 14 per cent were uncertain about this.
19 percent mistakenly believed that pain medications are ineffective in treating cancer pain and 13 per cent said they didn't know.
On the positive side, 89 percent disagreed with the claim that "all you need to beat cancer is a positive attitude," and 87 percent disagreed with the statement that "cancer is something that cannot be effectively treated."
[Globe and Mail, Jun 27 2005]
UN's Kofi Annan once said that "Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." I say this is true. Especially in health and disease understanding.