A third of people would want to know they have Alzheimer’s 15 years before symptoms

Over a third of people would want to know they had Alzheimer’s disease 15 years before symptoms show, according to new findings from Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The UK’s leading dementia research charity published a report, Detecting and diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease, revealing the public’s attitudes toward early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, the most common cause of dementia. The report calls for action to improve communication about dementia, support research efforts into earlier diagnosis and prepare the NHS for future treatments.

The report reveals that the public has a strong appetite to find out if they would develop Alzheimer’s disease, although most want tests to be accurate and to give certainty about disease progression.

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