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Cancer Cells Are Like Weeds: Use of Visual Analogies to Explain Cancer Treatments

Kara Lukasiewicz, Derek Ng, Gael McGill, Jodie Jenkinson


Estimates are that more than 50% of adults living in North
America have low health literacy. Unfortunately, much of
the available health education material is written at a
grade level that most people don’t understand. To
facilitate understanding, a 3D animation was created to
explain cancer treatment options using analogies
between cancer cells and weeds. The goal is to create
educational material that people of all levels of health
literacy can understand and learn from.

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