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WebMD – Cancer Health Center

WebMD - Cancer Health Center offers a deep dive into many aspects of 11 common cancers or cancer types, like breast cancer, cervical cancer, & melanoma. The "Related to Cancer" section contains general information about malignancy, such as early detection, common cancer symptoms, & complementary treatments. It also has a link to an A-Z list of 89 cancers, cancers types, or conditions associated with cancer. This section is recommended as a good consumer-based cancer information resource.

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Review Date: 4/15/2019

Scoring

Ease of Use

The landing page has a brief overview and provides a subtopic list that allows users to narrow their search. Content does not always present logically because related articles, blogs, message boards, and advertisements are mixed throughout. Subtopic organization seems random. Further, nested links send users deeper and deeper into searches without an easy return to the landing page. While the information here is patient-centered and educational, the site is one of the more difficult medical websites to navigate.

Visual Design

Pages are cluttered with a disorganized jumble of lists, articles, tools, and advertisements that clog the browsing experience. The reader's eye wanders all over the page due to the multiple areas for exploration. Large font and small chunks of text with lots of white space in between should make the content easy to read, but like the rest of WebMD, this section is not very visually pleasing.

Quality

Users can will find authoritative and detailed information about common cancers. Unfortunately, the poor organization and lack of embedded images & videos make it a less effective site. There is a general statement that the content is based on recent evidence and practice. Better yet, all content is referenced and reviewed by medical professionals, many of whom are specialists. Some topics are explored in more depth than others and other websites will be needed for more detailed topics about some less common types of cancer.

Credibility

All site content is authored and reviewed by a qualified staff of physicians, medical journalists, and health reporters. Even with such a large amount of information, WebMD makes sure its content is credible with extensive referencing & review by subject area experts and regular updates. This section carries all the authority and credibility associated with WebMD, so visitors can trust the information about cancer is helpful and accurate.

Pros

  1. Users get a great introduction to oncology and can learn about symptoms, diagnosis, and therapy of common cancers
  2. The writing is clear, well-researched, and appropriate for the typical consumer
  3. The information available here is credible and impressively detailed

Cons

  1. Some topics only cover treatment in a general sense and not all forms of cancer are included, so users will need to visit other websites fill in the gaps
  2. Pages are cluttered with commercial advertisements and links to news and additional information
  3. Searching keywords returns an overwhelming number of results, many of which are irrelevant, without any filtering options
  4. Need to navigate multiple pages per topic and link to other articles to get an overall/more complete picture

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: Internet Brands, LLC, a for-profit consumer media company

Accreditations: URAC (2018), HON seal (2018), TRUSTe Certified privacy

Additional Features: News, blogs, video library, slideshow, including skin cancers, quizzes, Q&A, links to related articles, message boards, find an oncologist, early cancer detection, visual guide to lung cancer

Languages: English

Contact: mheinley@webmd.net

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