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EJC News Focus – March 2016

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Is cancer a good way to die?

When the former editor-in-chief of the BMJ, Richard Smith, wrote in a blog that 'cancer is the best death', there was an outcry in the press. His comments were seen as misguided, insensitive and highly offensive to cancer patients and their families.

But at University College London, Charlotte Vrinten and the late Jane Wardle wondered how many middle-aged and older people in the general population might in fact agree with Richard Smith. They conducted a survey examining public perceptions of deaths from cancer compared with those from heart disease (REFERENCE).

The findings were surprising. In this month's EJC News Focus, Charlotte Vrinten outlines the implications to Helen Saul.