A recent survey poll conducted by Macmillan Cancer Support on 500 children aged between nine to sixteen years old found that 97 percent of the children were either not knowledgeable about cancer or ill-informed about the illness. The survey showed that many children felt the disease was contagious.Read the lede of this story and you'd understandably freak out. Many think it's contagious? Wow.
Turns out, only 4 percent think you can catch cancer from someone else. Given we're talking about kids ages 9 to 16, that's hardly surprising. To me, "many" from a poll means a number a bit higher than 4 percent. What's fair? I'd go with 20 percent as a minimum, off the top of my head. Maybe as low as 10 percent. But 4? Nope.
It's unclear from this brief release exactly what "knowledgeable" is or is not. One-in-five thought cancer was "absolutely fatal," a number I suspect is not all that different than an adult population.