Percentage of U.S. adults who believed the following increased a person's risk of getting cancer as of 2019
Leading beliefs about cancer risk factors among U.S. adults as of 2019
This statistic shows the percentage of U.S. adults who believed the following increased a person's risk of getting cancer, as of 2019. It was found that 81 percent of respondents stated they believed smoking cigarettes increased the risk of getting cancer.
Percentage of U.S. adults who believed the following increased a person's risk of getting cancer as of 2019
Percentage of respondents
Smoking cigarettes81%
Family history/hereditary factors69%
Use of other tobacco products66%
Sun exposure63%
Smoking E-cigarettes50%
Genetic mutations48%
Obesity36%
Processed meats33%
Alcohol31%
Artificial sweeteners28%
Certain viral infections23%
Cell phones16%
Caffeine9%
I don’t think anything increases risk4%
Not sure4%
Other2%
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Sources

Release date

September 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

July 10 to August 10, 2019

Number of respondents

4,001 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?

Leading beliefs about cancer risk factors among U.S. adults as of 2019
This statistic shows the percentage of U.S. adults who believed the following increased a person's risk of getting cancer, as of 2019. It was found that 81 percent of respondents stated they believed smoking cigarettes increased the risk of getting cancer.
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