#tscsm Hashtag for Testicular Cancer Social Media Posts

#tscsm hashtag TeSticular Cancer Social Media


Hashtags have been used for quite some time on social media to mark and aggregate posts; turning them into searchable topics and channels. In fact, the first use of a hashtag dates back to 2007.  


The use of hashtags continues to grow across many platforms and can even be funny and entertaining at times. However, the use of hashtags for medical conditions, such as testicular cancer, has not been uniformly developed and this provides an opportunity for improvement.  


In order to be useful, hashtags should be unique, identifiable and short. Unfortunately, on platforms such as Twitter #testicularcancer is just too many characters and the use of #balls or #nuts is too generic to provide much usefulness for someone searching for testicular cancer information. As a matter of fact, if you are looking for cancer information on Twitter a search for #cancer will result in a plethora of topics and you will end up reading more posts about astrology than you will about clinical or support topics related to cancer.


Earlier this year, realizing these deficiencies, Dr. Matthew Katz proposed a hashtag folksonomy  for cancer communities. After some collaboration and refinement they developed a systematic approach for site-specific cancers, based off the #bcsm hashtag that has been used for several years for breast cancer.


We have been communicating with Dr. Katz over the last few months and fully support his ontological system, which is also being accepted by other major institutions such as ASCO, MD Anderson and the American Urological Association. We hope that you will join us in starting to use #tscsm when making posts related to testicular cancer. The hashtag comes from testicular cancer social media (#tscsm) and will allow individuals to quickly locate information about testicular cancer without having to wade through the plethora of other posts that are unrelated.


The cancer tag ontology is also summarized on Symplur and will allow organizations and patients to connect based on the unique tags.


Thanks Dr. Katz, et al. for your hard work to make cancer information more accessible and useful to patients, clinicians and organizations on social media platforms.


#tscsm for Now,