Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Breast cancer anxiety month

Maria Margaronis, writing in the Guardian, complains about the bad reporting of breast cancer research which is unhelpful and often inaccurate. For example, women are told that they have a 1-in-9 chance of getting breast cancer. They are not told that this is an overall lifetime risk and that you may have to live until you're 110 for it to actually apply. However, the points I make in Shooting the messenger seem to apply here, too: cancer charities have been just as keen to talk up fears as newspapers in order to attract attention to their cause.

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