Fear of cancer versus fear of Alzheimer's disease in England 2018, by age

This statistic displays the share of individuals in England that are fearful of cancer and Alzheimer's disease as of 2018, by age. According to the results, as an individual becomes older they begin to fear Alzheimer's disease and dementia more: 49 percent of those aged 65 years and older fear the disease, while only 21 percent of those aged 18 to 24 years ranked it as their most feared disease.

Share of individuals that fear being diagnosed with cancer and Alzheimer's disease in England in 2018, by age

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Release date

August 2018


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

June 15 to 17, 2018

Number of respondents

1,724 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online interview

Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Thinking about your own health, which illness do you fear the most?".

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Statistics on "Dementia and Alzheimer's disease in the United Kingdom (UK)"

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