posted on Oct, 7 2003 @ 10:28 AM
There was something that struck me the wrong way when I read this post. I thought "How could 60% of lung cancer patients believe this to be true?"
Sounded crazy to me. This is what was actually stated in the Annal:
Results: 38% of patients (61% of whom were African American and 29% of whom were white) stated that they believe air exposure at surgery
causes tumor spread. The most significant predictor of belief was African-American race (odds ratio, 3.5 [95% CI, 1.9 to 6.5]), even after controlling
for other relevant variables in a multivariable analysis. Nineteen percent of African Americans stated that this belief was a reason for opposing
surgery, and 14% would not accept their physicians’ assertion that the belief is false. These rates were also statistically significantly higher among
African-American than white patients.