Teen Info on Cancer is the recently launched website from CancerBACUP aimed specifically at teenagers with cancer. The site is designed to provide teenagers - who were involved in its development from the outset - with what they say they need. That is, information about their unique issues and concerns delivered in a direct, friendly way through a format that is easy to use and understand.
The 'tic' logo tells you that this is a website for young people, but the rest of the homepage is subtle enough to ensure that it is not as patronising as 'young' websites can sometimes be.
The site lives up to its billing as direct and easy to use. It sets out its purpose clearly and its three principal areas - understand it, deal with it and share it - all do exactly what they say on the tin. Extremely simple pages lead into a wealth of information, most of which is well set out. The 'understand it' section, for example, includes animations that help users understand how cancers develop and how treatments work.
It's very impressive.
'Share it' allows visitors to set up their own pages within the main site - a space for teenagers to add personal tips or tales. The homepage also features a link to the 'ask a nurse' page - if there's a question this website can't answer, users can submit it to a specialist nurse in confidence.
Teen Info on Cancer says:
"We wanted the website to be bright, colourful and entertaining. We've designed it so the user doesn't get too much information too soon. For example, the first page of each cancer type gives you brief, basic facts that can lead you to more detailed information on subjects such as treatment regimes."
Site visit is by Tony Hodson