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South Korea

  • By: Hyehyun Hong
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

The study of health communication is particularly active in South Korea. The country has encountered some specific health problems and has developed important health campaigns aimed at solving these problems. South Korean universities have also adapted medical training to facilitate better doctor–patient communication. Additionally, two unique academic organizations focusing on health communication have been established in the country.

Cancer: A Major Public Health Issue

Cancer is a leading cause of death and is considered one of the most threatening health issues facing South Korea. According to 2011 statistics from the Korea Central Cancer Registry, one in three South Koreans risk getting cancer during his or her lifetime. The number of cancer incidents has almost doubled in the past 10 years, and cancer rates are reported to be ...

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