Lung Cancer and the Media Analytical Essay by Nicky

A discussion on the media coverage of lung cancer and its implications.
# 146020 | 722 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper relates that because lung cancer is primarily caused by smoking, there is the assumption that the disease is less deserving of research and attention. The paper reveals the limited and negative media portrayal of lung cancer sufferers but discusses how this negative point-of-view reduces support for lung cancer treatment and sympathy, and may do little to stop individuals from smoking in restaurants, bars, or in the home. The paper emphasizes the need for the media to broadcast the dangers of smoking and to ensure that sufferers of lung cancer are treated with compassion.

From the Paper:

"The history of how lung cancer is viewed in American society cannot be separated from the history of smoking. Before the Surgeon General issued his famous warning that cigarette smoking caused lung cancer, smoking was ubiquitous in American society for both men and women from the 1920s on. It was a symbol of feminist 'flapper' liberation in the 1920s, it was glamorized by hard-bitten tough Hollywood guys like Humphrey Bogart in the 1930s, a signature 'bit' in a 1943 film called "Now Voyager" with Bette Davis had the heroine's lover lighting two cigarettes in his mouth before he gave one to her, and doctors recommended their favorite cigarette brands in magazine and television advertisements throughout the 1950s. Now most people know cigarette smoking is the cause of most lung cancers, although there are other causes, too, such as exposure to asbestos and other environmental carcinogens, as well as second-hand smoke."

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