Stories about breast cancer in Australian women's magazines

Harcourt Publishers
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European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 2001, 5 (2), pp. 80 - 88
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Sixty articles in five Australian women's magazines were analyzed for journalistic qualities, metaphors, narrative features and accuracy of clinical facts related to risk, early detection and treatment of breast cancer.The storieswere features, news features or soft news stories.The stories reflected the `good news'editorial style of women'smagazines.A dominantthemeinthe storieswas that earlydetection of breast canceris crucialandequals survival.While therewere fewinaccuracies inthe stories, therewas little detailof treatment modalities, an emphasis on lifestyle as a risk factor and a prevailingmessage that a genetic history of breast cancermeans youwill get it. Amajor implication of the findings is that nurses, who provide information towomen, must be aware of the goals of journalists and the educational power of narrative logic of stories in women's magazines.
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