This study was under-taken to examine popular press reports of the association between alcohol and breast cancer.
Articles from scientific journals and stories from newspapers and magazines published from January 1,1985, to July 1,1992, were retrieved from six on-line databases.
Lay press stories were analyzed to determine which medical articles were publicized and what information was reported.
Fifty-eight scientific articles on the relationship of alcohol and breast cancer were found, and 64 newspaper and 23 magazine stories were retrieved.
The press cited 11 studies, 19% of those published during the study period.
Three studies were featured in 77% of popular press stories.
No scientific review articles were reported.
Behavioral recommendations were given to the public in 63% of stories.
The vast majority of scientific studies on alcohol and breast cancer were ignored in press reports.
We encourage researchers and the popular press to give the public a broader understanding of public health issues.
Mots-clés Pascal : Tumeur maligne, Glande mammaire, Toxicité, Consommation, Ethanol, Presse, Mass media, Information public, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Glande mammaire pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Malignant tumor, Mammary gland, Toxicity, Consumption, Ethanol, Press, Mass media, Public information, United States, North America, America, Mammary gland diseases
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0483934
Code Inist : 002B20E02. Création : 01/03/1996.