signpost iconProstate cancer briefsheet

Bottom Line:

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in UK men. Each year around 35,000 men are diagnosed with the disease in the UK, and it claims more than 10,000 lives.

Publication details:

This document includes information about prostate cancer including: What is prostate cancer?, How is prostate cancer treated?, What could affect your risk?, What is Cancer Research UK doing about prostate cancer?, The PSA test, Understanding the causes, Prevention and early detection, and Improving treatment.

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 content on the website has been checked by relevant experts.
  • The page was published in September 2009.
  • The page cites some relevant sources.
  • It is clear who has developed the website
  • More detail required about the website's editorial policy

Usability comments:

  • PDF.
  • The website does not conform fully to web accessibility standards
  • Layout is clear and colourful


Item Score
Is it clear who has developed the web site and what their objectives are? 3
The Cancer Research UK logo appears on the homepage and there is an About This Site section detailing the aims of the site.
Does the site report a robust quality control procedure? 1
In the About This Site section, it states that site content is updated and renewed regularly, and that content comes from paper resources. However the methodology used to produce the information is not presented.
Is the page content checked by an expert? 3
The content on the website has been checked by relevant experts.
Is the page updated regularly? 2
The page was published in September 2009.
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 2
The page cites some relevant sources.
Item Score
Is the site accessible without a login? 3
No registration is required.
Does the site conform to web Accessibility standards? 1
Lida score 94%
Is the site design clear and transparent? 2
The homepage is clear and colourful and the main menu is well presented. The vertical left submenus are also clearly displayed. There is repetition with what appears in the submenus and what appears as links on topic introductory pages. The colour coding of the sections of the site work well.
Is the site design consistent from one page to another? 3
Yes, site design is consistent from one page to another.
Can users find what they need on the site? 2
Users can browse to information on prostate cancer by choosing the Cancer & Research tab and then selecting specific cancers. It might be quicker for users to have a link to specific cancer from the homepage. There is a search box and search results are displayed clearly. It is unclear how results are ranked. The site map is very clear and simple to use.
Is the format of information clear and appropriate for the audience? 2
The format is clear and appropriate for the audience.
Weighted total (Usability + (Reliability x 2)): 35
We score each question out of three where:
0 = Never or Can't tell
1 = Sometimes or partly
2 = Mostly
3 = Always

Date rated


Cancer Research UK Information Resource Centre





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