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Cancer Research UK found that one in five men and women feared cancer ahead of debt, knife crime, Alzheimer's disease and losing their job. However, 34 per cent believed the disease was down to fate, rising to 41 per cent of those aged 55 to 64. This is despite growing evidence suggesting lifestyle factors such as losing weight, taking exercise, reducing alcohol consumption and quitting smoking can significantly reduce the risk of developing cancer.
The survey questioned more than 2,000 adults aged 16 and over. Those questioned were asked to choose what they feared most from a list including developing Alzheimer's, being in debt, old age, being the victim of knife crime, cancer, being in a plane crash, motor neurone disease, being in a car accident, having a heart attack, losing your job and losing your home.
More people (20 per cent) overall chose cancer than anything else, followed by 16 per cent who feared Alzheimer's disease the most. Among adults up to the age of 44, cancer was feared most by 25 per cent while 7.5 per cent feared Alzheimer's most. For those aged over 65, Alzheimer's was feared most by 30 per cent while 14 per cent feared cancer most. John Fyall, Cancer Research UK's spokesman for Scotland, said: "It's absolutely vital for us to get the message out that people can do something to alleviate their emphatic fear of cancer. Cancer is no longer the death sentence people still seem to dread".
“Genes that mean you will live to 100” have been discovered by scientists, said The Daily Telegraph
The news is based on a study by US scientists who have built a genetic model that can predict exceptional longevity, defined as survival well beyond the average human lifespan, with 77% accuracy.
This is an interesting study that built and tested a genetic model for exceptional longevity in over 1,000 centenarians and 1,200 control subjects. It indicates that genetic factors play a critical and complex role in living an exceptionally long time. However, as the scientists note, their model is not perfect and further research on the variations of the human genome are needed to improve on this.
Originally posted by darkangel831
Funny thing in some ways..
My Maternal Grandfather died of lung cancer and never once smoked a cigarette or anything else for that matter.. He was one of the original "Tree Huggers"
My Paternal Grandfather smoked 2 or 3 packs a day and died at 92 of pneumonia he contracted in the hospital after breaking his hip..