This Is Your No. 1 Health Worry: Survey
According to the latest National Health Checkup Survey from the Mayo Clinic, Americans are more concerned about cancer than any other health problem, including Zika virus, HIV/AIDS, obesity, and neurological conditions like Alzheimer's disease. The study involved more than 1,000 adults from around the country and was designed to help doctors listen to their patients better.
In telephone interviews, people were asked about health challenges they feel are "most important" right now, how they feel about progress being made to treat those health conditions, which health factors might influence their decision in the upcoming presidential election, and other health-related questions. Although heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., the highest percentage of people—37 percent—identified cancer as the most important health challenge. Other top responses included obesity, neurological problems, diabetes, and heart disease. Infectious diseases like Zika and HIV/AIDS ranked lower.
A high percentage of survey responders said that progress is being made to address and treat health concerns like cancer (74 percent) and heart disease (83 percent). About 95 percent said that health issues, such as lower health care costs, improved quality and access to health care, and others, will influence their decisions in the November election.
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