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A content analysis of news coverage of skin cancer prevention and detection, 1979 to 2003.
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PMID:  15837868     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To analyze newspaper coverage between 1979 and 2003 to understand how print coverage may affect primary and secondary skin cancer prevention in the US population. DESIGN: Content analysis of 921 skin cancer articles released by the Associated Press during the study period. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Amount of attention given to primary and secondary prevention practices and to risk communication. RESULTS: Media attention to skin cancer has not increased since 1986. Neither prevention (31.8% of all stories) nor detection (24.4% of all stories) received as much attention as treatment (47.0% of all stories). Specific sun protection practices were mentioned infrequently. Dermatologic detection (6.6%) or self-detection (5.5%) of skin cancer was rarely discussed. Risk communication about skin cancer was suboptimal: articles rarely presented absolute and relative risk. CONCLUSIONS: The media pay little attention to skin cancer, and, in general, stories do not contain important educational information. Strategies for generating increased media attention are discussed.
Jo Ellen Stryker; Benjamin A Solky; Karen M Emmons
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of dermatology     Volume:  141     ISSN:  0003-987X     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Dermatol     Publication Date:  2005 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-04-19     Completed Date:  2005-05-10     Revised Date:  2008-03-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372433     Medline TA:  Arch Dermatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  491-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard School of Public Health and Department of Dermatology, Harvard University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Health Education / organization & administration*,  standards*,  trends
Mass Media*
Mass Screening / organization & administration
Primary Prevention / methods*
Program Evaluation
Retrospective Studies
Sensitivity and Specificity
Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis,  prevention & control*
United States
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Arch Dermatol. 2005 Apr;141(4):499-501   [PMID:  15837869 ]

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