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New York: YouTube's most popular videos on cancer treatment offer medical misleading or biased information to create potential health risks to patients, the researchers warned. The study, over 150 videos viewed on YouTube more prostate cancer, found that 77 percent had factual errors or biased content both in video and in the comments section.
While 75 percent of full videos describe the benefits of & # 39; several treatments, 53 percent caught only enough potential harm and side effects. Other alternative or complementary therapies recommended & # 39; 19 percent in the most not tried.
"Our study shows that people really need to be careful for many videos & # 39; YouTube on prostate cancer", said Stacy Loeb, Assistant Professor at the University of Medicine School & # 39; New York. "There is valuable information available to them, but people should check the source to ensure that it is credible and be careful how quickly the videos run old as the treatment guidelines constantly evolving science", added.
The study published in the journal European Urology showed that the audience for these videos was great, b & # 39; average & # 39; Total viewer & # 39; 45,000 but equal to 1.3 million. More than 600,000 of prostate cancer videos are posted on the social media platform.
The videos potentially cite an example & # 39; damage which promoted video "inject herbs" into the prostate to treat cancer, claim not supported by & # 39; medical evidence, the researchers noted. In addition, only 50 percent of videos describing analyzed "making & # 39; shared decisions", the current standard of & # 39; screening and treatment of prostate cancer treatment.
Under the guidelines of the 2017 American Urologic Association, men between the ages of & # 39; 55 and 69 should speak with their doctors about the risks and benefits of the test screening of blood for prostate cancer.
However, many popular videos were before this change and also encourage more aggressive treatment than is now considered medically necessary for disease & # 39; low risk, Loeb said.
She suggested that care providers should direct their patients to sources of & # 39; trust for information about prostate cancer and participate in platforms for video sharing like YouTube to produce content offer advice based on evidence.