Today's journalism riddle: What do you lead with--number of cancer cases, or number of deaths?
If you're a classic newspaper type, you get the deaths in the lede, no matter what. If a boat capsized, for example, the AP bulletin would look something like this: "Boat capsizes, killing at least thirty-two. MORE." Never mind who, what, when, where, and why--the deaths get in the lede, and you worry about the details later.
Today's story concerns studies from the Archives of Internal Medicine concluding that CT scans could be causing 14,500 deaths a year and 29,000 cases of cancer.
Thomas H. Maugh of the Los Angeles Times doesn't get the deaths or the cancer cases in the lede, and consequently they are not in the headline. But the 14,500 figure is in the deck underneath the headline....