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Finding Credible Information Online

While there is a wealth of cancer-related information available online, The National Cancer Institute suggests the following criteria for determining the credibility of that material:

Who manages this information?
The person or group that has published health information should be identified. Government agencies, hospitals, universities and medical journals typically provide evidenced-based information and are sources you can trust.

Who is paying for the project, and what is their purpose?
Check the “About Us” section for this information.

What is the original source of the information that they have posted?
If the information was originally published in a research journal or a book, a reference should be included so you can access that information.

How is information reviewed before it gets posted?
Does the reviewer have medical or research credentials (i.e. MD, DO, or PhD)

How current is the information?
Check the date to see when this information was last reviewed.