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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.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 18, 2, 8-9. doi: 10.7748/cnp.18.2.8.s7

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