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Writer guidelines

Cancer Research UK’s health and patient information aims to provide understandable, comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date information about cancer, treatments and support services in the UK. 

We have developed a style guide based on the principles of plain English. We aim to make our information understandable to people with low levels of literacy or poor health literacy, and to people who have a reading age of 9 years (Year 5 school grade).

Researching and writing

Find out about how we write our information. 

Sources (references)

Find out about the sources we use to research and write our patient information.

Last reviewed: 
14 Jul 2017

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