Navigation Links
Good news! Hope makes headlines
Date:3/24/2011

If it bleeds, it leads, or so the old journalistic adage goes. Not necessarily, say researchers from McGill University and the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research of the Jewish General Hospital. In a first-of-its kind study that analyzes how cancer is portrayed in Canadian newspapers today versus 20 years ago, positivity and hope seem to be winning out.

"Our focus was on the media's potential impact on patient perspectives," said Dr. Melissa Henry, the study's lead author from McGill's Dept. of Oncology and the Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital where she provides specialized psychosocial oncology services to cancer patients through the Louise GranofskyPsychosocial Oncology Program. "Knowledge of how newspapers portray cancer is essential. It has the power to affect how individuals relate to cancer, it motivates information seeking and promotes preventive behaviours."

The research team, comprised of Dr. Henry, Dr. S. Robin Cohen, Mr. Brendan Trickey and Ms. Lina Nuoxin Huang, looked at cancer portrayals in six major dailies from across the country, sifting through and analyzing thousands of articles published within a three-month period in 2008 and in 1988/89.

Researchers found that cancer coverage in newspapers has increased compared to 20 years ago. While this may be associated with rising cancer rates, heightened public awareness and an aging population, a significant shift in tone and content also came with the uptick in coverage. "It is interesting to see a more positive spin on the articles now and I think that's a very hopeful message that's being sent out there," said Henry. The positive coverage may be attributed to an increasing number of cancer survivors, awareness groups, fundraising and new treatments.

Henry added that the positive coverage, while important, comes with a caveat: one needs to be wary of overly optimistic portrayals of cancer. The team found that the number of stories from 2008 relating to death and dying were half the number seen in 1988/89 which suggests that the public may not be getting the full picture in their understanding of issues surrounding the disease.

What's more, very few articles from either time period covered topics that touch on the psychological, social and existential/spiritual aspects of cancer like palliative care, bereavement or whole person care which underscores a critical gap in cancer reporting. "Journalists may be more focused on the cure than on the experience of cancer. Perhaps they need to be sensitized to a more holistic approach as seen in oncology programs across the country," added Henry.


'/>"/>

Contact: Allison Flynn
allison.j.flynn@mcgill.ca
514-398-7698
McGill University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Adapting to clogged airways makes common pathogen resist powerful drugs
2. Wedding Band Makes Jealousy a Bigger Threat
3. New Online Store Makes Buying Cosmetics a Healthy Choice
4. AARP Makes Senate Vote on Idaho Health Freedom Act Accountability Vote
5. Parkinsons disease makes it harder to figure out how other people feel
6. Psychosurgery makes gentle comeback
7. Locum Tenens Staffing Firm Makes Inavero's 2010 Best of Staffing List
8. New Gender-Neutral Flex-Friendly Certification Makes the Business Case for Flex Even in a Tough Economy.
9. Zenger Folkman Makes 2010 Top 20 Leadership Training List
10. Healthy food makes consumers feel hungrier when choices are limited
11. IRS Whistleblower Office Makes Good Again: Kenney & McCafferty Whistleblowers Receive Full Reward
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... announces the Gyrociser, an exercise invention which aids in proper muscle development. , ... Cooper, CEO and Creative Director of World Patent Marketing. "Globalization has threatened the ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... ... type of skin cancer. Although only about 1 percent of skin cancer cases are melanoma, ... are expected to die of melanoma this year. The risk increases with age, and while ... diagnosed cancers in young women. A recent breakthrough in genetic studies may give doctors the ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... NY (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... New York City based oral and ... This surgery is a very effective way to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Jamali is ... Orthognathic surgery is a procedure that involves one or both jaw bones. This surgery is ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... For those who skip meals occasionally (which is ... was among the many new lifestyle diet tips offered by nutritionists Pam Bonney and ... of Water® radio show. Bonny and Lawrence noted that because proper nutrition, including water, ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... FL (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... will feature Grassland Dairy Products, Inc. in an upcoming episode, airing third quarter ... a century of churning cream into butter, Grassland Dairy Products, located in Greenwood, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/27/2016)... , April 27, 2016  Bayer Animal Health ... senior from the University of Florida College of ... Bayer Excellence in Communication Award (BECA). Brittany was ... were awarded a total of $70,000 in scholarship ... four years, Bayer has provided a total of ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... NEW YORK , April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... OASM ), a developer of a new ... today announced positive overall survival results for Paclical/Apealea ... total of 789 patients with epithelial ovarian cancer. ... treatment groups: Paclical/Apealea in combination with carboplatin versus ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... 27, 2016 At the Sachs ... of a Phase 2 clinical study of its lead ... undergoing cochlear implantation (CI) surgery. This large, placebo-controlled, double-blind, ... Germany and France ... at the time of surgery. "Despite advances in cochlear ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: