Eliminating Stigma

Misconceptions can burden individuals living with cancer, researchers say

From left are Drs. Eric Tenkorang, Teri Stuckless and Sevtap Savas. PHOTO: RICH BLENKINSOPP

A team of Memorial University researchers have published their findings on how misconceptions about cancer affect individuals with a history of the disease in Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition to physical, emotional and financial consequences, misconceptions and misperceptions about cancer can also burden individuals living with or beyond this disease, say BHCRI Member Dr. Sevtap Savas, Faculty of Medicine; Dr. Teri Stuckless, Faculty of Medicine; and Dr. Eric Tenkorang, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

In the study, published in the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, the team examined stigma and discrimination associated with cancer among residents of Newfoundland and Labrador with a history of cancer. This study was funded by a BHCRI Seed grant.

Please follow the link to read the full Memorial University Gazette article.