signpost iconAbout prostate cancer

Bottom Line:

The page contains the prostate cancer background menu.

Publication details:

This section tells you about what the prostate gland is and the risk factors which may be linked to prostate cancer. You can choose from:

  • Information about the prostate
  • Prostate cancer symptoms
  • Prostate cancer risks and causes
  • Screening for prostate cancer
  • Should I see a prostate cancer specialist?
  • Questions for your doctor about prostate cancer
  • Prostate cancer reading list
  • Prostate cancer organisations
  • Prostate cancer links

We assessed this page using an appraisal instrument developed by Minervation specifically for this project. This approach is still in development, so you should regard the assessments as a general guide. Click here to find out more, or to let us know how you think the approach could be improved.

Reliability comments:

  • The website content has been checked by experts.
  • The page was last updated on 30 September 2010.
  • The page cites some relevant sources.
  • The information is likely to be reliable, up to date and relevant to user needs.

Usability comments:

  • Page provides links to other sections of the web site
  • The multiple levels navigational tabs are somewhat confusing.
  • The website conforms fully to web accessibility standards


Item Score
Is it clear who has developed the web site and what their objectives are? 3
There is a short statement on the homepage describing who CancerHelp UK are, and there is a button on the left side menu linking to further information about them.
Does the site report a robust quality control procedure? 3
The site reports a robust quality control procedure.
Is the page content checked by an expert? 2
The website content has been checked by experts.
Is the page updated regularly? 3
The page was last updated on 30 September 2010.
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 1
The page cites some relevant sources.
Item Score
Is the site accessible without a login? 3
No registration required.
Does the site conform to web Accessibility standards? 3
Lida score 100%
Is the site design clear and transparent? 2
The homepage is clear and easy to find your way around. The design is slightly cluttered and it can be hard to pick out key navigational tools such as breadcrumbs.
Is the site design consistent from one page to another? 2
Yes, site design is consistent from one page to another, apart from the search results
Can users find what they need on the site? 2
Users can quickly access information relating to specific cancers by choosing the correct link on the homepage. There is a search box and results are displayed clearly, albeit using a layout that is different from the rest of the site. It appears that search results are ranked according to relevance. Finding related information across different parts of the site may be difficult for some users.
Is the format of information clear and appropriate for the audience? 2
The format is clear.
Weighted total (Usability + (Reliability x 2)): 38
We score each question out of three where:
0 = Never or Can't tell
1 = Sometimes or partly
2 = Mostly
3 = Always

Date rated


CancerHelp UK




General public, Patients

Publication Type



Web Page


4.5 stars


4.5 stars

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