- By Jeff Olsen
National Health Checkup: Obstacles, opportunities in cancer care
More than 1,100 adults took part in the September 2017 round of the biannual survey of American health opinions and behaviors, revealing obstacles and opportunities in cancer care.
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"The survey, in aggregate, was just eye-opening," says Dr. Minetta Liu, a Mayo Clinic medical oncologist.
Dr. Liu says the results reveal obstacles to cancer care – beginning when symptoms occur.
"The barrier seems to be getting to the physician to tell them that," adds Dr. Liu.
Financial concerns, insurance and time for appointments are the top three barriers.
"From the prevention perspective, I think we are all taking more responsibility for our own health, which is incredibly encouraging," explains Dr. Liu.
Nine out of 10 Americans report knowing their family history of cancer, with 95 percent taking one or more steps to avoid the disease – including avoiding smoking, limiting alcohol and eating healthy.
"We all have responsibilities, whether you’re a researcher, a provider, someone in the industry, or a patient themselves," says Dr. Liu. "We all need to be contributing to help take this forward."