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Table 2 Completion rates and agreement with each of the cancer stigma items for the weighted sample (N = 1918)a

From: Cancer stigma and cancer screening attendance: a population based survey in England

  Completion rate
N (%)
Agree
N (%)
M (SD)b
Severity 3.08 (1.07)
 Having cancer usually ruins a person’s career 1826 (95.2) 825 (45.2)  
 Getting cancer means having to mentally prepare oneself for death 1832 (95.5) 937 (51.1)
 Cancer usually ruins close personal relationships 1830 (95.4) 547 (29.9)
Financial discrimination 2.31 (1.03)
 It is acceptable for banks to refuse to make loans to people with cancer 1829 (95.4) 316 (17.3)  
 Banks should be allowed to refuse mortgage applications for cancer-related reasons 1826 (95.2) 285 (15.6)
 It is acceptable for insurance companies to reconsider a policy if someone has cancer 1827 (95.3) 567 (31.0)
Policy opposition 2.10 (1.05)
 More government funding should be spent on the care and treatment of those with cancer (R) 1824 (95.1) 1552 (85.1)  
 The needs of people with cancer should be given top priority (R) 1816 (94.7) 1500 (82.6)
 We have a responsibility to provide the best possible care for people with cancer (R) 1832 (95.5) 1641 (89.6)
Awkwardness 1.85 (0.95)
 I would feel comfortable around someone with cancer (R) 1829 (95.4) 1526 (83.4)  
 I would find it difficult being around someone with cancer 1824 (95.1) 174 (9.5)
 I would find it hard to talk to someone with cancer 1826 (95.2) 204 (11.2)
Personal responsibility 1.81 (0.90)
 A person with cancer is liable for their condition 1819 (94.8) 193 (10.6)  
 If a person has cancer it’s probably their fault 1828 (95.3) 139 (7.6)
 A person with cancer is to blame for their condition 1824 (95.1) 160 (8.8)
Avoidance 1.40 (0.72)
 I would feel angered by someone with cancer 1826 (95.2) 83 (4.5)  
 I would try to avoid a person with cancer 1831 (95.5) 79 (4.3)
 If a colleague had cancer I would try to avoid them 1826 (95.2) 67 (3.7)
  1. a(R) denotes items that were reverse coded for calculation of the mean scores
  2. bM mean, SD standard deviation