February 12, 2007

A large majority of Americans would like to know about their pending ill health decades in advance according to a new national survey conducted by Directive Analytics for Siemens Medical Solutions.

The survey found that 72% would take a test that identifies diseases 20 years before symptoms appear and 35% would like to know if they would be diagnosed with an incurable disease such as Alzheimer’s later on in life.

People in households with income of more than $100,000 per year and baby boomers were the groups most likely to want to know far in advance if they would be diagnosed with a disease.

The company polled 1,111 adults to find consumer attitudes toward growing scientific capabilities to predict diseases.

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