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Friday, April 8, 2011

As Many As 81 % Of Pakistanis Are Aware Of Throat Cancer


As many as 81% Pakistanis are aware of throat Cancer. Smoking and the intake of Pan and Chalia are habits that are most widely associated with this disease, with 92%, 85% and 81% people respectively being of the opinion that these habits can cause throat Cancer, said the findings of a survey conducted by Gallup Pakistan.
A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were asked the following question: Have you ever heard about throat cancer? Results show that an overwhelming majority of eighty one percent (81%) had heard about it while only 11% said they had not. 8% did not know or did not respond.
A detailed analysis of the data revealed that awareness of throat cancer is higher among respondents belonging to higher monthly-income categories. No significant variations were seen in the data across other demographics.
In a follow-up question, a nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were presented with a list of habits and physical conditions and asked the following question: In your opinion, could the following cause Throat Cancer? 92% people felt that smoking could cause Throat Cancer. 85% and 81% people shared the same opinion about eating Pan and Chalia respectively.
The study was released by Gilani foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 2718 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during March 2011. Error margin is estimated to be approximately + 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.

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