Most Articles About Cancer Focused On The Positive Outcome Of Treatment – Part 1 of 3
Most Articles About Cancer Focused On The Positive Outcome Of Treatment. People often kick that media reports slant towards bad news, but when it comes to cancer most newspaper and publication stories may be overly optimistic, US researchers suggest. The study authors found that articles were more likely to highlight aggressive treatment and survival, with far less distinction given to cancer death, treatment failure, adverse events and end-of-life palliative or hospice care, according to their report in the March 22 issue of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.
The University of Pennsylvania body analyzed 436 cancer-related stories published in eight large newspapers and five national magazines between 2005 and 2007. The articles were most likely to focus on breast cancer (35 percent) or prostate cancer (nearly 15 percent), while 20 percent discussed cancer in general.
There were 140 stories (32 percent) that highlighted patients surviving or being cured of cancer, 33 stories (7,6 percent) that dealt with one or more patients who were failing or had died of cancer, and 10 articles (2,3 percent) that focused on both survival and death, the on authors noted. “It is surprising that few articles argue death and dying considering that half of all patients diagnosed as having cancer will not survive,” wrote Jessica Fishman and colleagues.
So “The findings are also surprising given that scientists, media critics and the risk public repeatedly criticize the news for focusing on death”. Among the other findings.