Breast Cancer is often in the news and breast cancer is also big business. Can you trust what you read/hear? Become an educated patient and learn how to distinguish between evidence and hype. Here are a few tools to help (from Healthnewsreview.org):
- What’s the total cost?
- How often do benefits occur?
- How often do harms occur?
- How strong is the evidence?
- Is this condition exaggerated?
- Are there alternative options?
- Is this really a new approach?
- Is it available to me?
- Who’s promoting this?
- Do they have a conflict of interest?
Choose Your Web Sites Cautiously
- Anyone can publish anything on the Web.
- Unlike traditional print resources, web resources rarely have editors or fact-checkers.
- Currently, no Web standards exist to ensure accuracy.
- A site’s purpose should be clear.
- Content should reflect purpose (i.e. to entertain, persuade, educate, or sell)
- Who put up the site?
- Is the author qualified? An expert?
- Is there a sponsor? If so, whom?
- Is the sponsor of the page reputable? How reputable?
- Could the information be biased?
- Might the page be designed to sway opinion or sell a product?
- Is there any advertising on the page?
- Up to Date
- The site’s information should be current.
- Is the page dated? If so, when was the last update?
- How current are the links?
We have found the following to be trusted sites to help you distinguish between evidence and hype from the latest breast cancer news.
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
- Blog: http://blog.dslrf.org
- Website: http://dslrf.org/actwithlove/
- Facebook: Like “Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation”
National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC)
(Click on “Breast Cancer Information”)
- NBCC Online Center for Advocacy Training: