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    Is it time to change the stereotype of cancer: the expert view

    Simon, A.E. and Wardle, J. and Miles, Anne (2011) Is it time to change the stereotype of cancer: the expert view. Cancer Causes & Control 22 (1), pp. 135-140. ISSN 0957-5243.

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    Abstract

    Objectives Negative public attitudes towards cancer may contribute to delays in presentation and present barriers to providing quality care. This study explored the views of cancer experts regarding the content of public health messages to improve public attitudes to cancer. Methods Twenty-one healthcare professionals (HCPs) from a range of backgrounds took part took part in interviews. Interview transcripts were evaluated using thematic analysis focusing on the HCPs views of the prevailing negative stereotype of cancer patients and their recommendations for cancer awareness campaigns that could redress this view. Results HCPs contrasted the progress that had been made in the effective management of cancer with popular stereotypes and media representations. Information quality and supply were identified as barriers to changing the cancer stereotype held by the public. Conclusions HCPs believe there is a need for more information about cancer in the public domain and it should focus on providing more balanced messages that include information about the improvements that have been achieved in preventing and treating cancer.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Public health, Health education, Cancer
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 09 May 2013 11:09
    Last Modified: 09 May 2013 11:09
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/6652

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