December 11, 2018

PROCURE: Credible source of information on prostate cancer

The most popular YouTube videos on prostate cancer often offer biased or misleading information, posing potential health risks to patients. It is vital that patients have reliable sources of information on prostate cancer - validated by urologists and other experts - such as PROCURE'S website procure.ca and YouTube channel

Source: Press Release from NYU

According to NYU School of Medicine (USA), research found that 77% of YouTube videos regarding prostate cancer had factual errors or biased content in either the video or its comments section. Misleading prostate cancer information has serious implications to those who are suffering from the condition or want to learn about related symptoms.

Misleading prostate cancer information

The study found that 75% of the videos fully described the benefits of various treatments while only 53% sufficiently captured potential harms and side effects. Another 19% recommended alternative or complimentary therapies that are largely unproven. The researchers highlight one potentially harmful example in which a particular video promoted ‘injecting herbs’ into the prostate to treat cancer, an assertion not backed by medical evidence.

Researchers say the YouTube audience for the examined videos was large, with average total viewership at 45,000 but as high as 1.3 million. More than 600,000 prostate cancer videos are posted on the social media platform.

The credibility of YouTube videos

Senior investigator and urologist Stacy Loeb, MD, MSc, who chairs a panel of social media experts for the American Urological Association (AUA) explains: “Our study shows that people really need to be wary of many YouTube videos on prostate cancer.”

“There is valuable information available in them, but people need to check the source to make sure it’s credible and to beware of how quickly videos become outdated as care guidelines constantly evolve with the science.”

PROCURE: Credible source of information

Our website procure.ca and our YouTube channel

It is vital for care providers to direct their patients to trusted sources for information on prostate cancer.

Rightfully, with more than 50,000 views of our conferences and webinars on our YouTube channel and 40,000 hits per month on our website, combined with the 2,500 interventions from our specialized uro-oncology professionals since 2015, PROCURE is recognized as being the reference in prostate cancer in Quebec, France and the countries of the Francophonie.

If you have any doubts about the symptoms or treatments for prostate cancer, talk to your doctor or contact our professionals at our toll-free line at 1 855 899-2873 for more specific medical information.

Sources et références

European Urology Journal

NYU Langone Health

UK National Health Services (NIH)

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