Mind your cancer language
Nick Evans Health writer
Poll reveals 40% of people thought militaristic words such as ‘fight’ or ‘hero’ were inappropriate when referring to cancer
How many times have you opened a newspaper and seen a celebrity promising to ‘fight’ their cancer? Or a politician vowing to help the NHS ‘battle’ the disease? In February, health secretary Matt Hancock marked World Cancer Day by tweeting about his support for ‘beating’ cancer.
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