Publication Details

Jones, S. C. & Rossiter, J. R. (2002). Breast cancer detection messages in Australian print media advertising - are they promoting correct information?. Proceedings of the 31st European Marketing Academy Conference (EMAC), 28-31 May, 2002. Braga, Portugal: University of Minho.


With breast cancer now the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the western world, correct information about detection and treatment is vitally important. The media are often accused of conveying inaccurate information in their editorial coverage of health issues, but few studies have examined the accuracy of information in media advertising. In this study of breast cancer detection ads in Australian magazines and newspapers, many instances of misleading information were found. As the print media have a major influence on women's health beliefs, these findings have serious implications for health communication policy regarding socially responsible advertising.