Doctors Say Use Caution on Internet Health Sites

By KBJR News 1

Doctors Say Use Caution on Internet Health Sites

April 19, 2012 Updated Apr 19, 2012 at 11:41 AM CDT

According to KSEE, a new report says many people seeking medical help on the Internet often ends up with the wrong information.

Millions of people type in their symptoms online to find cures or reasons for their health issues, KSEE reports.

Dr. Jesus Rodriguez with Kaiser Permanente says the Internet can't replace a doctor.

"A lot of these websites are funded through pharmaceutical companies or other groups with specific interests. That may not be the same as yours...Always have to be very careful about what site your accessing," Rodriguez said.

KSEE reports that researchers studied a thousand women and found that a quarter of them diagnosed themselves incorrectly from on line sites. Breast cancer being the most common false alarm.

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