Highly Recommended

National Cancer Institute

National Cancer Institute (NCI) provides comprehensive and authoritative information about all types of cancer, including alternative therapies, the benefits and potential dangers of cancer screening. While the site does feature a patient perspective, there is a good deal of information on research and clinical trials The site is a highly recommended source of useful information about all cancers affecting adults and children, plus links to financial assistance programs, end-of-life care, and support groups.

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Review Date: 5/4/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

Plenty of inviting images, infographics, and videos that make the information more accessible. Topics and subtopics are clearly marked and easily browsed. The site-wide search bar is equipped with a user-friendly autofill feature but unfortunately doesn't allow users to filter results.

Visual Design

Homepage filled with large, colorful images and attractive icons to click on. The deeper you dig into the site the less visually interesting it becomes, but the website does not appear outdated.

Quality

The website comprehensively covers all known cancers. The content is specific to people with cancer, oncologists, and cancer researchers. Although references are given for the medical professional content, the patient information is generally attributed to the NCI and is based current information and research.

Credibility

Medical experts, cancer researchers, and expert editors all review content before it's published to the website. The summaries are reviewed regularly and changes are made when there is new information. The dates of the last modification are given, all within the last 2 years. This highly credible organization is an excellent source of up-to-date science-based cancer information.

Pros

  1. Detailed information about all types of cancer, including risk factors, detection, and therapies
  2. Plenty of useful images, infographics, and videos
  3. Access to content written for both patients and health professionals
  4. Materials are written and reviewed by leading researchers using the latest discoveries in oncology
  5. Content is accessible to and written for general audiences and is easy to understand

Cons

  1. No focus on personal stories or experiences
  2. Content can appear dry and impersonal

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: The U.S. National Institutes of Health

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Online chat, toll-free telephone helpline, genetics services directory, videos, professional training opportunities

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: cancergovstaff@mail.nih.gov