Study Finds Optimism for Cancer Cure Varies Internationally

June 4, 2010

An Ipsos Reid study, conducted for Canada.com, surveyed 24,000 adults from 23 countries and found that individuals from Germany, Italy, Hungary, Canada, Britain, the United States, Poland, France, Belgium, and Holland were least likely to believe a cancer cure is within reach.

An Ipsos Reid study, conducted for Canada.com, surveyed 24,000 adults from 23 countries and found that individuals from Germany, Italy, Hungary, Canada, Britain, the United States, Poland, France, Belgium, and Holland were least likely to believe a cancer cure is within reach. In contrast, individuals from India, Argentina, China, Mexico, Russia, Brazil, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, and the Czech Republic were more likely to be optimistic about a cancer cure being imminent. John Wright, an Ipsos Reid pollster, noted that optimism was highest in countries generally thought of as having less sophisticated medical expertise; however, the survey revealed that in general, optimism is high, with 62% of all respondents believing a cure for cancer will be discovered in their lifetime.