signpost iconWhat is prostate cancer?

Bottom Line:

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. 37,000 cases are diagnosed each year. Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in men, with 10,000 deaths every year in the UK.

Publication details:

A short overview of what prostate cancer is and what its risk factors are.

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 site does not report any quality assurance process for content.
  • Pages are reviewed by an individual doctor.

Usability comments:

  • The site provides good, readable information about the basics of prostate disease, tests and treaments.
  • The site is less helpful in finding detailed information that is specific to a particular stage of disease.


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? 0
No content management procedure is reported.
Is the page content checked by an expert? 3
Is the page updated regularly? 3
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 2
Onward links only.
Item Score
Is the site accessible without a login? 3
Does the site conform to web Accessibility standards? 3
LIDA score 93%. Keyword metadata is lacking.
Is the site design clear and transparent? 3
Is the site design consistent from one page to another? 2
There are some inconsistencies in the information architecture, in terms of the detail provided. For example, side effects are given for some but not all treatment options.
Can users find what they need on the site? 2
Search engine did not perform well in a complex search. It is hard to find information that is specific to a particular stage or grade of prostate cancer.
Is the format of information clear and appropriate for the audience? 3
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

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Prostate Action





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