Medical and Scientific: Sufferers fall prey to social media myths

04 Feb 2021 - Medical and Scientific

Dangerous cancer myths have taken root in Australia, with Cancer Council data showing too many people believing misinformation spread on social media. Almost two-thirds of people believed animals could sniff out cancer and two in five thought cancer could be cured by alternative therapies with no scientific backing. The survey of 1000 Australians aged 18 to over 76, commissioned by the Cancer Council, found nearly half of respondents believed sunscreen contained chemicals that were bad for you and 8 per cent did not realise you didn’t need to burn to get skin cancer. One in five Australians said they were likely to have changed their behaviour based on something they read online, the same proportion that would do so based on government information, according to the survey results released on World Cancer Day.

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