Transcript for How the online 'Survivor Net' community is spreading hope
We've health alert about misleading information online. A new network helping you insight to make better decisions. Amy has details. The first time you get cancer diagnosis you feel helpless desperate for information for any clues to what may lie ahead but the first place so many of us go these days for information, the internet and guess what, not a huge news flash but we need to remind you it's not always the guess place to get medical advice. They're all over the internet, sites, ads and videos featuring misleading health information about cancer treatment. With more than 1.7 million new cancer diagnoses every year in the United States the American cancer society warns a lot of what passes for cancer information on the internet is made up of opinion, salesmanship and testimonials and is not grounded in careful science. Adding, people may be passing along information that's limited, inaccurate or just plain wrong. So often when someone is diagnosed with cancer or someone they love is diagnosed with cancer we all immediately go to the internet. We Google the cancer, how often do you get a patient in who has gotten false or misleading information from googling whatever disease they've been diagnosed with? Every single day. And it is devastating. I'm emotional about this but I will say that one of the hardest things in my practice is when you see a patient who you know you could have cured, that happens all the time. Because of false information. Because of false information. Reporter: In an effort to combat the cancer care information gap online, some websites like Facebook have started tweaking their search algorithms to make inaccurate cancer news less accessible. Facebook saying in a statement announcing the change, misleading health content is particularly bad for our community. Other websites like survivor net promise to give people an option for vetted information from cancer doctors, patients and survivors like myself. Why do you think now more than ever this site is so important for people? There's so much misinformation right now everywhere and so someone newly diagnosed or if you love somebody who has cancer you absolutely need a place that is vetted and that explains the we're helping people in a vetted way, vetted means doctors review other doctors and we're helping people with a source that they can trust. What do you hope the impact will be of survivor net? We want to help people make better digs that can save their lives. Better decision-making happens with better information. Better information can save your life, period. Period want to hear from other people who have been there so if we can help you feel a little less anxious. A little less alone. Yeah, and it's working. Every day we get people saying, thank you, I didn't know that was an option for my fill in the blank cancer. That's the best thing that makes us wake up in the morning saying we're going something right because people say I thought survivor net was a little bit like having a friend. That's so true. When you battle cancer you need all the friends you can get. I think what makes online plat rp forms like it so powerful there's all this medical knowledge at your disposal but perhaps just as important, you get to read stories and hear stories about how other people beat cancer or at least got through the treatments and that gives you so much belief that you can do it too. Yeah, such an important community and so many different way. It is. You have a hat trick today. I'm a triple threat today. Triple threat. Coming up, bbmak performs The Great New York State Fair is back,
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