Framing cancer as a 'fight' adds to patient burden

People with cancer are not “fighting” the disease, and it demeans and stigmatises them to be described as “sufferers” or “survivors”, according to new reporting guidelines.

With cancer stories featuring regularly in the media, lazy journalists often resort to simplistic battle language that all too often portrays people as winners or losers in their “fight” against cancer, according to new guidance from the Cancer Institute NSW

Framing cancer in this way is not only inaccurate, but creates an additional psychological burden for people with cancer

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