signpost iconAre you worried about...prostate cancer?

Bottom Line:

Overall, in the UK about 1 in 12 men develop prostate cancer. Many men worry about getting prostate cancer, sometimes because one of their relatives has developed the illness. This section explains: why having just one elderly relative with cancer does not normally mean that there is an inherited genetic link in your family, what we know about the causes of prostate cancer and what you can do to help yourself.

Publication details:

The information covers:

  • Cancer risk
  • Cancer genes/family history
  • Other risk factors
  • Reducing your risk
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Regular checks for prostate cancer

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 page was last reviewed on 1 February 2008.
  • Website content is checked by relevant experts.
  • The links are not particularly helpful.
  • The site is certified by The Information Standard and a detailed, evidence-based content development and review policy is spelled out.
  • The content is regularly reviewed.

Usability comments:

  • The format is clear.
  • The search engine has much improved
  • Extensive Help is available.
  • For some reason, the site design does not support the "Visited Link" property, meaning that you can't tell if you've previously visited a page before linking to it.


Item Score
Is it clear who has developed the web site and what their objectives are? 3
Does the site report a robust quality control procedure? 3
There is a clear description of the editorial policy on the web site. The site content conforms to the Information Standard.
Is the page content checked by an expert? 3
Website content is checked by relevant experts.
Is the page updated regularly? 1
The page was last reviewed on 1 February 2008.
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 2
The links are not particularly helpful.
Item Score
Is the site accessible without a login? 3
Does the site conform to web Accessibility standards? 3
Lida score 100%
Is the site design clear and transparent? 2
Text contrast is poor in some sections.
Is the site design consistent from one page to another? 3
Can users find what they need on the site? 3
The search has much improved.
Is the format of information clear and appropriate for the audience? 2
Age is the most important risk factor.
Weighted total (Usability + (Reliability x 2)): 40
We score each question out of three where:
0 = Never or Can't tell
1 = Sometimes or partly
2 = Mostly
3 = Always

Date rated


Macmillan Cancer Support





Publication Type



Web page


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