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1 in 3 cancer articles on social media contain harmful misinformation

September 19, 2021

From the Medical News Today website

According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, 72% of adults in the United States use social media. Another survey suggests that 73% of people in the U.S. obtain health-related information from the internet. 

Research also shows that false news is more shareable than news that is fact-checked, especially for social media. 

study of social media claims about drugs and dietary supplements circulated on WhatsApp found that 86.4% of them were either false (27.3%) or “potentially misleading” (59.1%), with claims about the latter being most shared. 

The spread of health misinformation can hinder the delivery of evidence-based medicine and negatively affect patient-doctor relationships. It also has links to an increased risk of death.

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