Leading cancer diagnosis fears among U.S. adults in 2017 and 2018

This statistic shows the percentage of U.S. adults who stated the following were their biggest fears if diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, around 54 percent of respondents stated their biggest cancer diagnosis fear was suffering or pain.
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Percentage of U.S. adults who stated the following were their biggest fears if diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and 2018
2017 2018
Dying from cancer56%54%
Suffering/pain58%54%
Side effects of the treatment52%49%
Being a physical or emotional burden on family/friends52%48%
Loss of control over my life50%48%
Financial impact on my family48%45%
Paying for treatment46%44%
Long-term complications39%37%
Negative impact on work/professional opportunities18%17%
Not knowing what caused it15%16%
Being treated differently by family/friends/co-workers15%15%
Something else3%3%
I do not have any concerns7%11%
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