Two sequential National Cancer Institute surveys showed that more women perceived forty years rather than fifty years to be the right age for mammography screening, despite the lack of scientific evidence for this position. News media coverage of mammography guidelines regarding women in their forties was compared with the survey perceptions. Women's understanding of forty years as the right age did not correspond to the proportion of topical news content. Qualitative interviews with eight magazine health journalists illustrated the emphasis on practical recommendations over scientific knowledge. Understanding scientific evidence would enhance health reporting to create an informed public.
- Health and science journalism
- Informed public
- Mammography guidelines
- News media coverage
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science