Cancer in the Media

Film and Television are both incredibly useful tools to influence the popular culture. However is it a two way street. Viewers want to relate to the stories they watch on TV or at the movie theater so Film and Television are a reflection of our own human experience as well.

Starting in the 90′s more films began to have cancer and oncology as a topic in their story lines. As we moved into the early 2000′s this trend continued. Soap operas, sci-fi show( ex: Battle Star Galactic),  Abc’s series Desperate House wives, and many others have main characters who have been diagnosed with a variety of different types of cancer.

I think this trend is not only interesting but mass media can be a really helpful tool. It allows conversations to happen about fictional characters with cancer, which can help both adults and children cope with dealing with cancer in their own lives. Media brings awareness in a form that is easy to connect to and encourages people to be sympathetic to those fighting cancer.

This Paper is interesting:

I happened across it while researching information for this post!


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One Response to Cancer in the Media

  1. Marina says:

    I want you to know that I stumbled on your quisteon and I would like you to know that I sincerely understand what your talking about. I had breast cancer 1 year ago and lost my hair from chemotherapy. I spent over $ 3,000. on a human hair wig from a wig shop that I purchased from a California company in Los Angeles. The real human hair wig that I purchased lasted 4 months. When I confronted the salesperson she coldly accused me of doing something to the wig.I bought another real human hair wig online in New York. The sales person had lost her hair from Alopecia and claimed to be a wig designer and filled out a sheet and had me pick my color from a swatch. $ 2500.00 later the wig came back and it was the wrong shade and the hair was heavy and looked wiggy Needless to say I refused to pay the other half of the wig and I ended up loosing around $ 1500.00. Never again will I order a wig without seeing the hair firstly. To make a long story short, I had spent thousands more on wigs from cad salespeople and even took a wig replacement center to court and won. The judge told the salesperson angrily Having cancer does not give you the right to lie cheat and steal and to use your past illness to sell a defective product is unjust and dishonest. After 1 month of internet research I came across a company in Newport Beach California called Wiggin Out Wigs. The owner is a 3rd generation wig maker and I read an article on how she shaved her own hair off for 2 years so she could test market her wigs and make the necessary design changes so her clients would have many choices of cap design based on their lifestyles. Wiggin Out Wigs also guarantees you will love your human hair wig or they remake the custom wig at their cost. I worked with them from Virginia and chose my hair and sent the mold with my measurement. I got to keep a clipping the hair that they sent me and I was able to choose from. My custom made human hair wig came back, and for the very first time, I was ecstatic and floored when I saw how beautiful the wig looked on me and just how beautiful the hair was. The lace front color blended with my skin tone exactly so the hair looked like it was growing out of my scalp. The wig has been with me for 9 months now. Looks just as beautiful as the day I received it. Beautiful virgin Caucasian real human hair that was purchased from an American Teens in Collage. Below my shoulders and has natural curl. Fine curly human hair just like my own before I lost my own hair from chemo. I have referred several others to Wiggin Out Wigs and they all have had the same experience, a wonderful experience. I know that your wife will have the same type of experience. I really hope this helps both you and your wife. You both deserve the best.