Characteristics of YouTubeTM Videos Related to Mammography

J Cancer Educ. 2015 Dec;30(4):699-703. doi: 10.1007/s13187-014-0769-9.


With a monthly total of more than one billion unique visitors, YouTubeTM is one of the Internet's most visited websites and contributes to the growing amount of health-related information on the Internet. The purpose of this study was to analyze coverage of mammography screening in popular YouTubeTM videos. A total of 173 videos were included in the analysis. Compared with professionally created videos, consumer-created videos had a significantly greater number of comments (>9 comments 38.0% for consumer vs. 11.8% for professional videos, p=<0.001). Videos created by professionals more often portrayed general mammography information (97.1 vs. 88.7%) compared to those created by consumers. The vast majority of videos presented general information (93.6%) related to mammography, and almost two thirds addressed preparing for the test. Less than 20% dealt with other types of examinations. Approximately 30% discussed pain associated with the examination (35.3%) and addressed issues of anxiety (32.4%) and fear (29.5%). Nearly half of the videos presented information about the test results (46.2%). Over 25% covered medical or family history. The majority did not pertain to a specific age group. Future research should focus on analyzing the accuracy of the information in the videos.

Keywords: Breast cancer; Mammography; Screening; Social media; YouTubeTM.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Consumer Health Information
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination*
  • Internet*
  • Mammography*
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Social Media
  • Videotape Recording*