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How do You Know the Truth

Posted 10/21/2016

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  Separating fact from fiction or truth from fantasy is often very difficult. We are bombarded daily with information that may or may not be accurate. This can be especially true in Cancer World where authentic reports of studies may be discussed along side of claims that sharks don't get cancer so shark cartilage is a cancer cure.

  There is one very basic rule to remember: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't. This is only slightly more important than Don't believe everything you read and There are no secret cures or magic in Cancer World.

  From ASCO's Cancer Net comes this very good article about how to critically read and understand what you see and hear:


Medical News: 8 Ways to Separate Fact from Fiction
· Amy Thompson
The latest “breakthroughs” in cancer prevention, screening, or treatment are all over the
news. But how accurate is the information you’re reading? And how do you figure out if
the research matters to you? Whether you’re living with cancer or are cancer-free,
you need to weigh several factors before you make changes to your treatment
plan or health habits based on a news story. These 8 questions will help you
separate fact from fiction:
Who is reporting the news? Larger news outlets often have experienced medical reporters on staff who can
analyze the research and put it into context with news that’s already out there. Websites sponsored by the
government or nonprofit organizations are good sources of accurate information. While research from
hospitals, universities, and cancer centers may be high quality, sometimes press releases can overstate
results.

Read more: http://www.cancer.net/blog/2016-10/medical-news-8-ways-separate-fact-fiction


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