Korean J Urol Oncol.  2021 Aug;19(3):174-182. 10.22465/kjuo.2021.19.3.174.

Investigation of Information Acquisition Channel for Prostate Cancer High-Risk Group

  • 1Department of Urology, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea
  • 2Department of Urology, Gil Medical Center, Gachon University College of Medicine, Incheon, Korea
  • 3Department of Urology, Gang Neung Asan Hospital, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Gangneung, Korea
  • 4Department of Urology, Kangwon National University School of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea
  • 5Department of Urology, SMG-SNU Boramae Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 6Department of Urology, Inje University Busan Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea
  • 7Department of Urology, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea
  • 8Department of Urology, Konkuk University Medical Center, Konkuk University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 9Enzaim Health, Seoul, Korea
  • 10Department of Urology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


The survey was conducted on Korean men to examine information acquisition channel for prostate cancer high risk group as part of the “Blue Ribbon Campaign” of the Korean Urological Oncology Society.
Materials and Methods
An online survey of 500 men aged 50 years old or older was completed to query investigation of the status of prostate cancer awareness and information acquisition from February 4 to February 9, 2021.
Most men in their 50s and older are well aware that prostate cancer can also occur in young men in their 40s, so the rate of misunderstanding of the timing of prostate cancer screening after their 60s is very low. Two-thirds of all respondents (67.2%) were also confirmed that prostate cancer had no initial symptoms and was not included in the national cancer screening. Seventy-five percent of people look up information on their own in case of suspected prostate cancer, and 51.6% seek out knowledge on their own to prevent prostate cancer. Of the respondents, 27.4% of men contacted prostate cancer-related information within the past year, and the percentage of people contacted through ‘Internet/Phone,’ ‘People Around’ and ‘Television’ was high. The most trusted channel among prostate cancer information channels was ‘medical professionals,’ but the experience rate was not high, and the channel with high experience rate and reliability was shown as ‘television.’
Much effort is still needed to understand the information acquisition behavior of Korean men and to improve awareness of early screening for prostate cancer.


Prostatic neoplasms, Information acquisition channel, Screening
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