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Majorities of Americans and Canadians expect a cure for cancer in their lifetime

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Expectations   The optimism is especially strong among Millennials

Nearly six in 10 Americans (57%) and Canadians (59%) expect to see a cure for cancer in their lifetime.

This optimism is especially strong among Millennials, with nearly three-fourths (73%) of U.S. Millennials and seven in 10 (69%) of their Canadian counterparts indicating the same.

What's more, two-thirds of both Americans (68%) and Canadians (66%) don't see a cancer diagnosis as a death sentence.

In a sharp contrast to their especially strong optimism in reference to expecting a cure within their lifetimes, it's notable that American Millennials are in fact more likely to believe that a cancer diagnosis is a death sentence (39% 18-34 vs. 29% 35+).

Americans whose lives have been touched by cancer (35%) are also more likely to see a cancer diagnosis as a death sentence, when compared to those whose lives have not been touched by cancer (29%).

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,046 U.S. adults and 1,120 Canadian adults surveyed online between January 20 and 22, 2016.

Over a quarter of both (28%) and Canadians (27%) perceive a great deal of effort going toward prevention, with over three-fourths (77% U.S., 78% Can) feeling at least some effort is going into for this.


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