Macmillan Cancer Support is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so strive to adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.

Accessibility checks

Accessibility checks

The Macmillan Cancer Support website and some of our affiliated websites were independently audited by Nomensa in June 2011. We chose Nomensa based on their expertise in accessibility. As part of our commitment to accessibility, we also asked Nomensa to audit our new Information and Support pages in February 2015. They highlighted some issues that we are now looking at. 

We regularly review new web pages as we develop our website; we work closely with Nomensa to review new developments and test the different ways people can access our services. If you have any comments, please contact us at

Accessibility guidelines

Accessibility guidelines

We’re working to ensure all pages on this website conform to level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. These guidelines are the internationally recognised benchmark for building accessible websites.

We recognise that some pages do not yet meet the criteria, but we are in the process of addressing the issues raised in the 2015 audit by Nomensa and hope to have the fixes in place soon.

Things that can help you use our website

Things that can help you use our website

Fonts to help people with dyslexia

There are free downloadable fonts available including Dyslexie and OpenDyslexic to help users with dyslexia or dyslexia-related issues. These can make our site easier to use.

Using the keyboard to move around

Some people find it easier to move through web pages using the 'Tab' button on the keyboard, and using 'Enter' to click on links and buttons.

Making things bigger – zoom and magnifiers

Zooming in makes the text and images on a web page bigger. You can use the 'View' menu in your browser, or you can press 'Ctrl' and '+' or 'Ctrl' and '-' on the keyboard.

Screen magnifiers let you look at small areas of the screen at a much bigger size. There are magnifiers built in to your computer. Go to your computer’s settings. You can also download other magnification programmes to install on your computer, which often have more features.

Changing colours and fonts

You can change the colour of web pages to increase or decrease the contrast, or to invert the colours. You can also make the font size of web pages bigger. You can do this through settings in your browser (eg Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer). Sometimes you need to install 'extensions' or 'add ons' for your browser.

Using your voice - voice recognition 

With voice recognition, you can talk to your computer. You can open programmes and do other tasks using your voice. Your computer comes with voice recognition programmes. Go to your computer’s settings. You can also download other voice recognition programmes to install on your computer, which often have more features.

If you can’t see the screen - screen readers

Screen readers will read out menus and buttons, web pages and documents to help you use the computer if you can’t see the screen. There are screen readers built into your computer. Go to your computer’s settings. You can also download other screen readers that have more features.

Cancer information in different formats

Cancer information in different languages and formats

To make sure that everyone has access to the information they need, we produce cancer information in a range of different languages and formats to suit different needs. If you have any questions, please email us on

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