Cancer is the biggest fear among Britons, recent research has suggested.
Conducted by Cancer Research UK, the report found that one in five men and women in the county are more concerned about cancer than debt, knife crime, losing a job or developing Alzheimer's disease.
But in spite of this, many people put their chances of developing cancer down to fate.
In fact, 34 per cent of those aged 16 and over claimed that this was the case, while among 55 to 64-year olds the figure rose to 41 per cent.
Sara Hiom, director of health information at the charity, commented: "It's absolutely vital for us to get the message out that people can do something to alleviate their emphatic fear of cancer.
"Cancer is no longer the death sentence people still seem to dread."
She added that the long-term survival rates have doubled since the 1970s, thanks to "better diagnosis, improved treatments and the development of nationwide screening programmes for breast, bowel and cervical cancers".
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Cancer treatment news : 9 December 2010