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American Childhood Cancer Association

The American Childhood Cancer Organization offers resources and support for children and adolescents with cancer, as well as their families. The site provides brief descriptions of cancer symptoms and information on eleven types of childhood cancer, with links to credible sources like the National Cancer Institute. This excellent resource serves as an information hub for all types of information spanning childhood cancer awareness, advocacy, and research updates.

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Review Date: 10/5/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

The website is mostly straightforward. Users can navigate the site by its major category tabs or a site-wide search bar. Some of the subtopics within the major category tabs appear to overlap and take some getting used to. Otherwise the site's layout and organization are user-friendly.

Visual Design

The homepage is rather busy. Lost of moving content and choices to make. The rest of the site's pages are more text-based with an appropriate level of multimedia content. The website's main navigation bar sticks to the top of the page no matter where the visitor is and takes up a good deal of the viewport.

Quality

The information on various childhood cancers is unreferenced and superficial, offering only the most introductory information. However, the numerous support services and resources are very important for children with cancer and their families.

Credibility

The cancer-specific information does not include author names or posting dates, which is a detriment to the content's credibility. But blog material, added regularly, always includes authorship information. And the outside links available here direct visitors to reliable government websites written by specialists.

Pros

  1. Audiences include patients, families, caregivers, volunteers, advocates, and health professionals
  2. Offers a broad spectrum of services, including scholarships, camp opportunities, and financial assistance
  3. Excellent introductory information on most common forms of childhood cancer and treatment

Cons

  1. No content posting or review dates provided
  2. Local support groups are only listed in 26 states
  3. Some videos are extremely brief and could stand to have more depth

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: American Childhood Cancer Organization, a 501(c)(3) public charity

Accreditations: BBB-accredited charity, GuideStar Silver Seal of Transparency

Additional Features: Blog, webinars, toll-free helpline, online support groups, financial assistance

Languages: English

Contact: cperry@acco.org

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