signpost iconProstate cancer and prevention Q&As

Authors: Macmillan Cancer Support

Bottom Line:

A continually updated set of questions and answers about prostate cancer prevention

Publication details:

The questions are browsable and searchable. The questions cover the following topics:

  • Supplements
  • Exercise
  • Diet

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:

  • No references are cited
  • Questions are continually answered
  • Last question was answered in 2007.
  • Website content is checked by relevant experts
  • 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:

  • Some specialist terminology used
  • Subheadings might be appropriate for some answers
  • 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
Not stated.
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 1
No references are cited
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
Some specialist terminology used
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


Macmillan Cancer Support


Not stated



Publication Type

Patient questions


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