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Black and Hispanic Men Under-Represented in Online Prostate Cancer Resources

Despite their higher risks of advanced prostate cancer, Black and Latinx men are under-represented on websites and in online videos providing information and education regarding prostate cancer, according to a study led by Stacy Loeb of New York University, MD (above).

Of 1,500 pictured on 81 websites and 127 YouTube videos about prostate cancer, White men were depicted six times more frequently than Black men. Hispanic men were shown in just one percent of the content.

Only 27 percent of websites and 17 percent of videos discussed racial/ethnic disparities in prostate cancer risk. And many of the resources reviewed – regardless of Black or Latinx representation – had problems in terms of quality, misinformation, and commercial bias, the researchers found.

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