According to the latest C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health (NPCH), boosting efforts to fight childhood cancer is the top concern of adults across the United States.
In a story published yesterday (September 23) to the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) website, 76% of adults surveyed cited pursuit of this research as "very important," placing it six percentage points above the second-most cited concern, diabetes, and eight points higher than birth defects and other genetic problems. Heart problems and obesity also rated among the top 10 concerns.
In the UMHS story, Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., who directs the NPCH and is professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and professor of public policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, is quoted in part as saying, “The results of this poll seem to indicate our research community is in tune with what the public sees as a top priority. But in a national research funding climate that is under pressure, this measurement of the public’s priorities can help government agencies and others set strategies for the best use of research funding.”
Read the full report on the NPCH website, which holds numerous searchable reports, and watch a video that features Dr. Davis, who explains the results of this latest poll. Stay current with developments at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital on Facebook, Twitter, and the "Hail to the Little Victors" blog.