Unhealthy advocacy: journalists and screening tests

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The Poynter Institute website has published my overview of some journalists’ apparent pro-screening bias in coverage of some screening tests. The incidents I’ve tracked involve screening for cancer (prostate, breast, lung, colon) but also for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

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The piece documents more than a dozen incidents of pro-screening stories and gets perspectives from some health journalists about why this is happening.

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