A charity is aiming to fight “pretend information” about most cancers on the web by appointing a full-time nurse to offer correct data.
Macmillan stated two-fifths of individuals with most cancers seemed up details about their prognosis on the web.
It stated unverified websites had been typically leaving sufferers needlessly frightened or making an attempt bogus remedies.
A Glasgow-based nurse will now reply most cancers questions by social media and the charity’s web site.
“Digital nurse” Ellen McPake stated she was there to “ensure that individuals affected by most cancers have an actual individual they will flip to on-line for details about their signs, most cancers prognosis and therapy”.
A number of the claims she is aiming to debunk embrace baking soda being a remedy and the suggestion chemotherapy kills extra individuals than most cancers itself.
Headteacher Kay Robertson, 51, from Crieff, used the web extensively to seek out details about her sickness after being recognized with a uncommon type of liver most cancers in March 2014, and when it returned in Could 2016.
The mum-of-two stated: “I Googled every part, right through my most cancers.
“I used to be fortunate that I had a unbelievable marketing consultant and a Macmillan nurse who defined issues rather well, however there was all the time one thing I wanted to search for.
“Everyone seems to be simply so used to getting data immediately now that going surfing is inevitable.
“There may be a lot false data on the market. I used to be cautious to solely take a look at web sites I knew I may belief like Macmillan or the NHS.”
Janice Preston, Macmillan’s head in Scotland, stated it was very important that individuals acquired their data from dependable sources.
She stated: “In addition to unbelievable data and badist, the net is stuffed with unverified statistics, pretend information and horror tales that may trigger individuals pointless fear and misery.
“It is necessary individuals have entry to trusted data on-line and know how one can separate web sites which might be correct and respected from these with incorrect and even harmful data.
“We hope our new digital nurse will badist individuals who wish to discover solutions on-line.
“She will probably be there to reply questions from individuals throughout the UK about most cancers and ensure they get the knowledge they desperately want.”