DAK researchers: Most Germans fear cancer

Cancer is the most feared illness among Germans
According to a current survey, cancer is by far the most feared illness in Germans. Around 70 percent of Germans fear a tumor. Every second respondent stated that they were afraid of dementia or Alzheimer's. Pleasing: The commitment to your own health is growing.

Cancer is the most feared disease among German citizens
Years ago, studies showed that Germans are particularly afraid of cancer and dementia. Not much has changed about that. This is shown by a current study of DAK health. According to this, seven out of ten people in Germany are most afraid of cancer. According to a statement from the health insurance company, fear is particularly great among adults between 30 and 44 years of age and women. However, the survey also showed that commitment to one's own health is growing. Accordingly, more and more people go to preventive check-ups and keep fit with sports and healthy eating.

Especially middle-aged people and women fear tumors
The survey of over 1,000 men and women by the Forsa Institute showed that the fear of a malignant tumor is greatest in 69 percent of Germans. Especially adults between 30 and 44 years (77 percent) and women (72 percent) are afraid of cancer.

Every second person (50 percent) is afraid of Alzheimer's or dementia. Almost as many people (47 percent) fear a stroke or an accident with serious injuries (43 percent). Fear of a heart attack is known by four out of ten respondents.

34 percent of those questioned expressed their fear of serious eye diseases such as blindness. 27 percent said they fear mental illnesses such as depression. This was followed by severe lung diseases (24 percent), diabetes (18 percent) and venereal diseases such as AIDS (13 percent).

Germans are more committed to their health
The survey also showed that respondents were more committed to their health compared to the previous year. 56 percent go to cancer prevention and 46 percent use the health check against cardiovascular diseases.

Regular sporting activities and healthy eating are also very popular with German citizens. "It is good that more people are actively promoting their health," said Hella Thomas, prevention expert at DAK-Gesundheit.

Adolescents and young adults are afraid of mental illness
The DAK analysis also showed that the fear of mental illness particularly affects adolescents and young adults between the ages of 14 and 29. According to this, 40 percent fear that they will suffer from depression and other mental illnesses. However, mental illnesses are diagnosed much more often in older people than in young adults.

In the meantime, scientific studies have even provided evidence that mental illnesses are far more common in old age than is often assumed.

And in a report by the Federal Statistical Office it was said years ago: "An estimated a quarter of the 65-year-olds and older suffer from a mental disorder of some kind."

But in the current survey, the over 60s showed the least fear of mental illness (21 percent).

The state of health of Baden-W├╝rttemberg is particularly good
Overall, 88 percent of Germans rate their current state of health as good or very good. In a comparison of the federal states and regions, people in Baden-W├╝rttemberg rate their health status as particularly good at 92 percent. In the north it is only 85 percent. (ad)

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Video: At a German Research Center. Easy German 243 (October 2020).