Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 699–703 | Cite as

Characteristics of YouTube™ Videos Related to Mammography

  • Corey H. Basch
  • Grace Clarke Hillyer
  • Zerlina L. MacDonald
  • Rachel Reeves
  • Charles E. Basch


With a monthly total of more than one billion unique visitors, YouTube™ 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 YouTube™ 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.


Breast cancer Mammography Screening YouTube™ Social media 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Corey H. Basch
    • 1
  • Grace Clarke Hillyer
    • 2
  • Zerlina L. MacDonald
    • 1
  • Rachel Reeves
    • 1
  • Charles E. Basch
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Public HealthWilliam Paterson UniversityWayneUSA
  2. 2.Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public HealthColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers CollegeColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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