October 11, 2007 — According to the results of a survey, "Cancer and the Public," 62 percent of the 32 percent of cancer patients who suspected they had cancer, were not diagnosed for three months or more.
In addition, nearly half of the respondents did not feel that their insurance coverage would provide adequate care if diagnosed with a life threatening illness. The total number of respondents to the survey was 4,402, (1,779 males and 2,623 females) representing every state in the U.S.
Among the findings of the survey, which was prepared by The Tower Cancer Research Foundation were:
- 79 percent of respondents said people feared cancer the most.
- Of the 32 percent of cancer victims who suspected they had cancer before being diagnosed, 42 percent did not get diagnosed for six months or longer, 21 percent did not get diagnosed for one year or longer and 9 percent did not get diagnosed for up to two years.
For more information: www.towercancerfoundation.org