Metaphor and the language of cancer

10:00 - 10:30

Metaphors can help to illustrate complex issues and can illuminate a description of cancer to the lay public. However, they are also capable of creating or perpetuating stereotypes and stigma. Historically and metaphorically, survival has been associated with war or laws of nature and in cancer it is metaphorically aligned with war, fighting battles and survival.

Dr Pat Black MBE, Associate Lecturer, Birmingham City University