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Table 2 General cancer beliefs and attitudes towards kidney cancer screening

From: Public attitudes towards screening for kidney cancer: an online survey

  Strongly agree /agree (n, %) Neither agree nor disagree (n, %) Disagree or Strongly disagree (n, %)
General cancer beliefs
“These days, many people with cancer can expect to continue with normal activities and responsibilities”* 704 (69.0) 206 (20.2) 110 (10.9)
“Cancer can often be cured”* 740 (72.5) 199 (19.5) 82 (8.1)
“Some people think a diagnosis of cancer is a death sentence. To what extent do you agree or disagree that cancer is a death sentence?”* 138 (13.5) 310 (30.4) 573 (56.1)
Beliefs about cancer treatment: “Most cancer treatment is worse than the cancer itself” 406 (40.1) 343 (33.6) 272 (26.6)
Cancer fatalism: “I would NOT want to know if I have cancer” 68 (6.7) 109 (10.7) 844 (82.7)
Attitudes towards kidney cancer screening
“I would be so worried about what might be found at kidney cancer screening that I would prefer not to have it.” 72 (7.1) 83 (8.1) 866 (84.8)
“Kidney cancer screening is only necessary if I have symptom” 80 (7.8) 149 (14.6) 792 (77.6)
“I don’t think there is any point going for kidney cancer screening because it won’t affect the outcome” 13 (1.3) 71 (7) 937 (91.8)
“Kidney cancer screening could reduce my chance of dying from kidney cancer.” 937 (91.8) 45 (4.4) 39 (3.8)
  1. *Questions that were combined using published coefficients to form “Beliefs about cancer outcomes”