Survey 1 - General attitudes to cancer and stigma

Cancer Alliance Stigma Survey 2014 - Survey 1 - General attitudes to cancer and stigma

Note: This survey enquires into the general attitudes of everyone. We would like to receive as many opinions as possible. Survey 2 enquires more deeply into the experiences of people who have been directly affected by cancer.

The Cancer Alliance is a collaboration of 22 Cancer NGOs. We aim to bring about change in the cancer landscape in SA and achieve a significant reduction of the cancer burden amongst all our people.

One of our core the areas of concern is the stigma associated with cancer in South Africa. "Stigma" is "a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something" (Merriam-Webster), or "A mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person" (Oxford Dictionaries).

We know that stigma affects people in many ways, ranging from not wanting to learn about cancer, not seeking medical advice at warning signs, to refusal or inability to follow treatment.

To really address these issues we need to first understand stigma and cancer in our South African society. This will provide us with much-needed information to assist in developing effective strategies to address stigma issues more effectively.

Please would you assist us in gaining more information regarding stigma and cancer by completing this online survey. Your response to this survey is entirely anonymous, and no identifying information will be captured by the survey.

Results will be published on the Cancer Alliance website http://www.canceralliance.co.za/ in August 2014, and will inform programs we will develop to address cancer stigma in South Africa.

Thank you for your assistance.

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