if you find yourself worrying about getting cancer and wonder- ing if you’re making the right lifestyle choices to help reduce the chance of that happening, you’re not alone. In the summer of 2010, Alberta Health Services conducted a province-wide survey to assess how Albertans felt about cancer and cancer prevention.
The study found cancer of any type to be the number one
health issue for people in this province, identified as such by 24
percent of responders. This put cancer and cancer-prevention issues well ahead of other hot-button health issues, such as doctor
shortages, obesity, emergency room wait times and heart disease,
all of which garnered responses in the area of 12 to 13 percent.
A 2008 study, conducted by the Alberta Canad Board, designed
to gather information about Albertans’ knowledge, attitudes and
behaviour toward cancer prevention found two-thirds of respondents were concerned about getting cancer during their lifetime
and 88 percent identified cancer as the illness they worried about
the most. Interestingly, the study discovered there’s not necessarily a correlation between risk and concern — those over 60 years
old expressed the lowest levels of concern about cancer, despite
being at highest risk.
Cancer is the number one
health issue for many
Albertans, but while some
take an active role in
reducing their risk of the
disease, studies show
many believe it’s all the
luck of the draw
By SHELLE Y ARNuSCH