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Friday, December 14, 2018

BE WARY ONLINE

from journal European Urology

When confronted with a cancer diagnosis, it is natural to try to get as much information as possible. In the age of the Internet, that information may be flawed. A study at New York University School of Medicine suggests that, in particular, the most popular YouTube videos on prostate cancer offered misleading or biased medical information. It found that of the one hundred fifty most viewed YouTube videos on prostate cancer seventy-seven percent had factual errors or biased content either in the video or in its comment section. That flawed information poses potential health risks to patients. Authors of the study in the journal European Urology say while there is valuable information available, be wary by checking the source to make sure its credible.

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