Pregnancy and Cancer Top the List Of the Most Commonly Searched Health Conditions
RESTON, Va., April 10, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- comScore, Inc. , a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a listing of the 20 most commonly searched health conditions as well as the 15 most commonly searched prescription brands in February 2008. The results, from comScore's custom search capability, revealed that the terms "pregnancy" and "cancer" were the two most frequently searched conditions, garnering 8.8 million and 7.7 million search queries respectively. That five of the 20 conditions (herpes, HIV, HPV, menopause and pregnancy) relate to sexual or reproductive health may be a function of these conditions' highly personal nature and the anonymity the Internet provides.
Most Commonly Searched Health Conditions February 2008 Total U.S. - Home/Work/University Locations Source: comScore, Inc. Search Term Search Queries (000) Pregnancy 8,841 Cancer 7,718 Flu 1,824 Depression 1,807 Diabetes 1,758 Addiction 1,407 Herpes 1,340 HIV 976 Anxiety 910 Stroke 872 HPV 861 Bipolar 861 Cholesterol 816 Headache 763 Menopause 667 Hepatitis 614 Arthritis 600 ADHD 573 Asthma 569 Fibromyalgia 551
"It's not too surprising that some of the most common health conditions, such as diabetes, depression and flu, have made the list, but it's interesting that these terms generate fewer searches than significantly less prevalent conditions like cancer and pregnancy. A reason for this may be due to life-changing nature of a cancer diagnosis or a pregnancy," said Carolina Petrini, comScore senior vice president. "When facing a serious illness like cancer or after becoming pregnant or considering pregnancy, consumers often turn to the Internet to search for information and educate themselves in a private setting. comScore's findings, along with information about the search popularity of branded terms provide meaningful insights into the ways consumers use search to find health information online."
Chantix Reigns as the Most Frequently Searched Brand but Depression Drugs Dominate List.
The study also looked at the top 15 most commonly searched prescription brand name treatments and found that Pfizer's Chantix, a smoking cessation treatment, topped the list, generating more than 500,000 search queries in February 2008. Adderall (a commonly prescribed ADHD treatment) and Viagra (a popular erectile dysfunction treatment) came in a close second and third on the list, respectively.
Additionally, four of the fifteen most frequently searched prescription brands -- Cymbalta, Effexor, Lexapro, and Prozac -- are depression treatments. For patients seeking information about this highly personal condition, the Internet provides an ideal channel.
Most Commonly Searched Prescription Brands February 2008 Total U.S. - Home/Work/University Locations Source: comScore, Inc. Brand Name Search Queries (000) Chantix 507 Adderall 469 Viagra 348 Ambien 334 Lexapro 274 Effexor 264 Cymbalta 235 Lyrica 233 Seroquel 198 Lipitor 181 Prozac 174 Cialis 120 Paxil 119 Crestor 119 Singulair 114 Additional Insights: -- The top searched health condition, "pregnancy," is searched 17 times more often than the most popularly searched brand name, "Chantix." -- The second most searched term, "cancer," garnered 7.7 million search queries in February. Of those queries, 1 million were specific to the term "breast cancer." -- The number of searches for ADHD (573,000) was very similar to the number of searches for the ADHD treatment, Adderall (469,000). Because the popularity of condition versus brand searches differs based on condition, this data supports the need for marketers to evaluate their therapeutic area's online search landscape so they can properly allocate resources toward strategic, non-branded and branded search campaigns. -- A condition's prevalence is not necessarily correlated to its search popularity. For instance, according to data from the American Diabetes Association and the National Institute of Health, there are several million more people living in the United States with diabetes than with cancer. However, the number of search queries for the term "cancer" (7.7 million) was more than four times the number of search queries for the term "diabetes" (1.8 million). -- A comparison of the search terms "pregnancy" (which garnered 8.8 million searches) and "cholesterol" (which garnered less than a million searches) revealed a similar discrepancy. In the United States, approximately 4 million women a year give birth (as reported by the American Pregnancy Association), while nearly 40 million people suffer from high cholesterol (as reported by the American Heart Association). -- Historically, awareness of Fibromyalgia -- which was the twentieth most popularly searched health condition -- has been low and resources have been scarce. However, searches for the treatment have likely grown in the past couple of months due to the recent approval of Pfizer's Lyrica as a treatment for the condition. The relatively large number of searches for Fibromyalgia, is likely a result of marketing around Lyrica which has helped to raise awareness of the condition.
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Posted: April 2008