Older Americans Fear Alzheimer's the Most, While Most Adults Fear Cancer

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May 31, 2006 — Most Americans fear cancer the most and Alzheimer’s disease second, but this flips for those age 55 and older, where Alzheimer’s is the disease they most fear, according to a report issued this month – “MetLife Foundation Alzheimer’s Survey: What America Thinks,” conducted by Harris Interactive.

Although adults fear getting Alzheimer’s disease more than heart disease, stroke or diabetes, nearly nine out of 10 have taken no steps to prepare for an illness that attacks nearly 50 percent of those who live past age 85, the survey finds.

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