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Web nurse appointed to help dispel cancer myths

By Graeme Murray

A cancer charity has appointed its first digital nurse to combat online "fake news" about the disease.

Macmillan Cancer Support fears patients are turning to unverified websites for information that leaves them needlessly frightened and at risk of bogus treatments.

The charity points to one online search that brings up a website claiming chemotherapy is a bigger killer than cancer itself, while another site reports that baking soda can cure breast cancer.

Ellen McPake will be dedicated to answering questions from people affected by cancer on Macmillan's social platforms and online community.

Her appointment comes as Macmillan research, conducted by YouGov, found 42% of people with cancer looked up information about their diagnosis online.

Heather Monteverde, head of services for Macmillan in Northern Ireland, said ending up on the wrong website can be really worrying.

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