More than 50% kids in UK don’t know what cancer is: survey

British children are ill-informed about cancer with some even believing they can get it from behaving badly,according to a new poll.

Written by Agencies | London | Published: September 8, 2012 2:47:50 pm

British children are ill-informed about cancer with some even believing they can get it from behaving badly,according to a new poll.

A survey by a UK-based charity found that more than half of 500 children polled said they do not know what cancer is,BBC News reported.

Ninety-seven per cent children did not know that sunburn can cause cancer – although 91 did know smoking causes it.

Four per cent of the children who were aged nine to 16-years-old thought that cancer can be caught from someone else.

One in five thought it is always fatal,while more than half said they do not know what it is.

Two-thirds of the children polled knew someone who has been diagnosed with cancer,though more than half said the word ‘cancer’ makes them feel frightened,the survey by Macmillan Cancer Support found.

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