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Fri, Nov. 14th, 2008, 11:20 am
kae: Television Adverts

I honestly think that television adverts in the US are a big cause of my hypochondria. I was running in the gym, watching a trashy cheerleader-movie, feeling quite good about life, when it changes to a commercial and a man wreathed in smoke talks about a woman who had a stomach ache and died of pancreatic cancer three months later. The advert was trying to drum up funds for a cure, and so I felt guilty about being so angry at it, but . . . REALLY, don't they know what adverts like that do to people like me? Don't they know the hours of anxiety and fear that they cause?

Fortunately, I have none of the risk factors and none of the symptoms, so I'm not worried about it any longer, but still . . . !

Sun, Nov. 16th, 2008 12:13 pm (UTC)

I see a lot of ads like that, too. I look at them as them trying to scare people into seeing their doctors and getting checked out. Early detection is awesome and all, but they scare the hell out of me too.

I wonder if after those commercials start airing, people go to their doctors asking if their stomach aches are cancer. You know, there are better ways of raising funds for cancer research.

Thu, Nov. 20th, 2008 05:33 am (UTC)

Ugh, I know what you mean! I saw the stomach ache commercial thing, and I've been on/off terrified I have cancer in my abdominal area. I hate seeing and hearing things like that. Are those scare tactics really all that necessary? Am I supposed to go to the doctor every single time I have some "symptom" like a stomach or headache and get tested for cancer? Blah.