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Bottom Line:

If the results of the tests carried out suggest a diagnosis of prostate cancer, your doctor will refer you to a urologist. Your urologist may repeat some of the tests that your GP has already carried out. To check whether you do have cancer, they will also perform a biopsy. Approximately two out of three men who have a biopsy will not have prostate cancer.

Publication details:

Overview of what happens when you are referred to a specialist urologist for further investigation of possible 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 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? 1
Further details and onwards links would be very helpful.
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)): 36
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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