Finding Reliable Information about Colorectal Cancer

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There are many websites that offer information about colorectal cancer and how to treat it. Before you believe everything you read, pay attention to the source of information.


Credible Sources

If you’re going to research online, start with some credible sources. Here are a few in addition to the Fight Colorectal Cancer website:

Be cautious. Remember: not all online health information is accurate.


Top 4 Sites for Colorectal Cancer Patients

Here are our favorite websites for colorectal cancer patients:

  1. Medline Plus – by the NIH (health information)
  2. HealthFinder.gov – by the U.S. Health & Human Services (healthy living, personalized health advice)
  3. PubMed – by the NIH (scientific journal articles)
  4. UpToDate (peer reviewed, evidence-based medicine)

Tips when searching for and finding information online

  • If you are reviewing scientific journal articles, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor to help you interpret the article’s findings
  • A government agency has “.gov” in the address
  • An educational institution is indicated by an “.edu” in the address
  • A professional organization, such as a scientific or research society, will be identified as “.org”

Finding Information on Social Media

From websites to social networking sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, we can’t overemphasize how important it is for you to be critical about the health information you read. The same online tips apply to social media.

It’s important to find sources you can trust. Don’t hesitate to print pages or status updates and take them to your doctor’s appointments. Ask your treatment team to validate what you read.

 

Content medically-reviewed by members of the Fight Colorectal Cancer Medical Advisory Board, February 2014

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