A poll commissioned by the National Stroke Foundation found that only six per cent of those surveyed named stroke as a health concern, with one per cent mentioning stroke as their biggest worry.
Chief executive of the Stroke Foundation Dr Erin Lalor said that the survey highlights a 'dangerous level of ignorance' about the prevalence of a stroke – where it is Australia's second biggest cause of death.
"One in six people have a stroke in their lifetime and yet we are still struggling to get the message out that stroke matters," Dr Lalor said.
"This is an absolute disgrace. People will continue to die needlessly – or survive while coping with devastating disability – until we can make every Australian understand that we have a major health crisis on our hands."
Stroke kills more men than prostate cancer and more women than breast cancer, with 20 per cent of strokes affecting people under the age of 55.
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