Prostate cancer guidelines on Web 2.0-based sites: The screening dilemma continues online

Daniela B. Friedman, Alexis Koskan, India D. Rose

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Abstract

Little is known about prostate cancer (PrCA) screening information on participatory, interactive, and consumer-generated websites collectively referred to as Web 2.0. A content analysis was conducted of PrCA resources on four highly trafficked Web 2.0 social book-marking sites. A total of 127 webpages were analyzed. Most content was from news websites (48.9%) and blogs (37.8%). PrCA screening was mentioned on 95.3% of pages; only 30.7% discussed the prostate-specific antigen test. Less than half (43.8%) mentioned current screening guidelines. PrCA content is inconsistent on Web 2.0 sites. Future research should assess the readability and usability of Web 2.0 cancer resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-193
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011

Keywords

  • Health communication
  • Prostate cancer
  • Screening
  • Social media
  • Web 2.0

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Oncology
  • Medicine(all)

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