Leading beliefs about cancer risk factors among U.S. adults as of 2018

Percentage of U.S. adults who believed the following increased a person's risk of getting cancer as of 2018

Leading beliefs about cancer risk factors among U.S. adults as of 2018 This statistic shows the percentage of U.S. adults who believed the following increased a person's risk of getting cancer, as of 2018. It was found that 80 percent of respondents stated they believed smoking cigarettes increased the risk of getting cancer.
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Percentage of U.S. adults who believed the following increased a person's risk of getting cancer as of 2018

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Percentage of respondents
Smoking cigarettes80%
Family history/hereditary factors69%
Use of other tobacco products64%
Sun exposure62%
Genetic mutations48%
Smoking E-cigarettes42%
Obesity35%
Processed meats32%
Alcohol31%
Artificial sweeteners28%
Certain viral infections24%
Cell phones16%
Caffeine8%
Other2%
Not sure5%
I don’t think anything increases risk3%
Percentage of respondents
Smoking cigarettes80%
Family history/hereditary factors69%
Use of other tobacco products64%
Sun exposure62%
Genetic mutations48%
Smoking E-cigarettes42%
Obesity35%
Processed meats32%
Alcohol31%
Artificial sweeteners28%
Certain viral infections24%
Cell phones16%
Caffeine8%
Other2%
Not sure5%
I don’t think anything increases risk3%
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This statistic shows the percentage of U.S. adults who believed the following increased a person's risk of getting cancer, as of 2018. It was found that 80 percent of respondents stated they believed smoking cigarettes increased the risk of getting cancer.
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Release date
October 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
July 10 to August 10, 2018
Number of respondents
4,038 respondents
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Online survey
Supplementary notes
Original question: Which of the following do you think increases a person’s risk of getting cancer?
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