Guidelines

Cancer Advisor
June 28, 2018

Community standards

  • Keep it nice. Strong opinions and spirited discussions are great, whereas hurtful or defamatory statements are not. We’ll remove anything we consider offensive.
  • Keep it relevant. Please only post about cancer information and support. Definitely not about politics!
  • Keep it legal. This means no threats, abuse, copyright infringements or encouraging of illegal activity. We’ll report personal information to the police if we have any suspicion that a child, or adult, is at risk of harm.
  • You need to be at least 15 years old to post.
  • Use common sense around privacy. Be aware of the risks of posting information that can identify you to others.
  • Don’t identify your child or anyone else without their consent. Read more in the Privacy section below.
  • This is a spam-free zone. You can absolutely post about a product or service relevant to site users, but it can’t be an ad. If the line is a bit blurry, we may edit your post to make sure it’s informative rather than persuasive. If it’s about your own business, we’ll take it down.
  • We’ll remove any posts recommending treatments which aren’t backed up by evidence. If you’re not sure whether your post is in this category, have a read of the section below.

Just to be clear…here are things we’ll edit or remove:

  • Offensive or irrelevant content
  • Content that breaches laws
  • Content we believe could put children at risk of child abuse. For more information on child safety, please read our child safety commitment.
  • Content that clearly identifies individuals where we suspect they have not provided their consent
  • Content that is primarily marketing
  • Content with links to third party sites that don’t meet these community standards
  • Medical content that doesn’t have an evidence base i.e. alternative therapies

We hope this is all straightforward. If you’re after more detail, here are our full terms of use.

A bit about complementary and alternative therapies

If you’re posting about medical or health-related topics, please make sure that you’re referring to reputable sources (e.g. hospitals, research institutes, government sites). It’s worth checking that they have clear scientific evidence to support their claims.

One way to know if medical content is unreliable is it if it claims to ‘cure’ cancer with no evidence base to support its claims. This type of content has the potential to cause harm to others and is often intentionally misleading or malicious. This includes alternative therapies. We won’t publish this type of content.

Cancer Council Australia provides the following helpful definitions in their position statement on complementary and alternative therapies:

  • Complementary therapies are a range of medicines and practices used together with conventional medicine. Complementary therapies are most often used to relieve side effects of conventional cancer therapy and improve wellbeing, rather than being used as a cure for cancer.
  • Alternative therapies are a group of medicines and practices used instead of conventional medicine to treat diseases, including cancer. Many alternative therapies have not been scientifically tested, or have little evidence to support their safety and efficacy.
  • Conventional therapies are evidence-based treatments that have been scientifically tested, and are shown to be relatively safe and effective for treating cancer, slowing its growth or providing relief from symptoms. The main conventional treatments for cancer are surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and immunotherapy. Conventional treatments are sometimes referred to as mainstream, medical or orthodox treatments.
  • Integrative medicine, or integrated medicine, is a term used to describe treatment that combines conventional medicine and complementary therapies for which there is reasonable evidence of safety and effectiveness.

Privacy

What happens to personal information I provide?

Any personal or sensitive information you provide will be handled safely and appropriately in line with the Privacy Act (1988).

Why do you need this information?

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