In the UK, more people find cancer scarier than unemployment, knife crime or debt. Well obviously, they are a bunch of underprivileged people who have not been lucky enough to have cancer.
I have had cancer twice, but I've been laid off four times. We have a giant mortgage so that counts as debt. I have never been the victim of a knife crime (ouch) and I'm happy to stay that way.
So is it fear of the unknown? The curse of the C-word? What doesn't kill us makes us stronger?
Last weekend I was at a booth at a local council on aging event for taking care of elderly parents for the cancer support center where I work. I found it pretty humorous when the octogenarians would stop by the booth and find out that we provide support services for those with cancer. Some stopped to learn more and others would say 'no, I don't have THAT' and keep moving along on their walkers. They were very happy to say they didn't need our services.
Its a matter of perception I think. I mean what could a doctor tell me now that is so scary? I have been told twice 'you have cancer'. What else can they tell me that's scarier? I know there are other diseases out there without cures that I am happy to skip. But they are running out of bad news to tell me.
I think I find unemployment, debt and knife crimes just as scary as anyone else.