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After Cancer, Americans Most Fear Alzheimer's Disease

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Americans live in fear when it comes to possibly contracting a fatal disease.

According to a poll conducted last year by Harris Interactive for the MetLife Foundation, four out of ten people are most concerned about getting cancer. That’s up slightly from 2006, when the question was posed about scary illnesses.

Next on the worry meter is Alzheimer’s disease, with three out of ten Americans fearing that debilitating condition the most. In 2006, just 20 percent of respondents listed Alzheimer’s as number one on their list of potentially fatal diseases.

Despite real fears about Alzheimer’s, nearly two-thirds of Americans admit knowing very little or virtually nothing about the brain-wasting disease that gradually robs people of their memory and cognitive skills.

As far as other serious conditions are concerned, heart disease, stroke and diabetes were feared the most by 8 percent, 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively.

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