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Doctors Say Medical Websites Dangerous

Dr. Susan Neese says,"they come in thinking they have already figured out what they have and the problem is they over-diagnose or under-diagnose themselves quite a bit." Dr. Susan Neese says,"they come in thinking they have already figured out what they have and the problem is they over-diagnose or under-diagnose themselves quite a bit."

If you have a headache, it could be a brain tumor. Or if you have lost weight, it could be cancer.

That's what some people are getting from certain medical web sites. And local doctors say those sites are wrong.

Going online instead of driving to the doctor's office for a diagnosis is pretty appealing. But that diagnosis could be wrong.

Dr. Susan Neese says,"they come in thinking they have already figured out what they have and the problem is they over-diagnose or under-diagnose themselves quite a bit."

That's because more and more people are looking to the internet to find out what's wrong with them. And some sites can give diagnoses that scare patients into thinking they are sicker than they really are.

Neese says she has a lot of patients that come in and think they have cancer or think they're dying of something when it may just be the common cold or a virus

The trouble is millions of pages and not knowing which ones are credible.

Dr. Neese says look for sites that are written by medical professionals.  She recommends sites like web-md or medicine dot net.

She says it's fine to research the internet - on those credible sites - once you've spoken to your doctor. Just don't use the internet as your doctor.

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