About 5% of Websites Have Inaccurate Breast Cancer Information

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A study found that 18 of 343 (about 5%) web pages that focused on breast cancer had inaccurate information. Given the large number of web pages devoted to healthcare, this relatively small number is good news. Still, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor about what you find on the Internet, especially if you're going to try a complementary medicine technique.

This study also found that 5 of 15 pages (one-third) that focused on complementary medicine had inaccurate information. From this, the researchers calculated that web pages focusing on complementary medicine were more likely to contain errors.

At breastcancer.org, our mission is to help women and their loved ones make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast cancer, so they can make the best decisions for their lives. Our promise to you is to provide the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer. We work very hard, every day, to deliver on that promise. Several important and unique factors help us do that:

Our focus and depth. breastcancer.org is not an encyclopedia offering a little information about a lot of medical conditions. Breast cancer is our only focus. We strive to meet all of the medical, practical, and personal information needs of people affected by breast cancer.

Our expertise. Our editorial team of medical researchers, doctors, writers, and editors spends a good part of every day reviewing new breast cancer information. Many members of our 60-person breast cancer medical advisory board are experts in their fields. Board members work closely with editorial team members to ensure the utmost accuracy and timeliness of the information at breastcancer.org. Our Complementary Medicine section, for example, was reviewed by 4 national complementary medicine experts, as well as several medical editors. We proudly stand behind all the information in that section and all the information on our site.

Our process. Unlike many other healthcare web sites, our information is regularly reviewed, updated, and enhanced. Updates are made just about every day.

Our passion. Simply put, our passion is to provide the best information so that people who turn to breastcancer.org can face breast cancer in an informed, confident, and effective way.

Your trust. You and many millions of others in the United States and around the world have used our education and support resources. That regular use and the enormous positive feedback we receive tells us that we are meeting the informational needs of many people affected by breast cancer. We appreciate your trust in us and constantly strive to maintain it.

It's a good thing to ask questions about medical information you find on the Internet. When you're looking for information, think about looking at several web sites and checking whether the information you find on all of them is consistent. Also, no web site can offer information specifically tailored for your unique situation. Discuss what you find with your doctor. Together, you and your doctor can make the best decisions for YOU.

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