Perceptions of cancer as a death sentence: prevalence and consequences.
Journal of health psychology
Adolescent, Adult, Attitude to Death, Educational Status, Female, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Neoplasms, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Prevalence, Sex Factors, Young Adult
Research suggests that perceiving cancer as a death sentence is a critical determinant of health care-seeking behaviors. However, there is limited information regarding the prevalence of this perception in the US population. Cross-sectional analysis of data (n = 7674 adults) from the 2007-2008 administration of the nationally representative Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 3) was performed. A majority (61.6%) of respondents perceived cancer as death sentence, and more than one-third (36%) of respondents reported that they avoid seeing their physicians. In the adult US population, perceiving cancer as a death sentence is common and is associated with education level and avoidance of physicians.
Moser, Richard P; Arndt, Jamie; Han, Paul K; Waters, Erika A; Amsellem, Marni; and Hesse, Bradford W, "Perceptions of cancer as a death sentence: prevalence and consequences." (2014). Maine Medical Center. 347.