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healthfinder.govis a free and reliable guide to selected consumer health information—online publications, clearinghouses, databases, Web sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as the government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce information for the public. Our Google search of selected links and our health library of hand-picked links are intended to help you find dependable health information more easily than you can by searching the entire Internet.

Two Kinds of Searches

There are two kinds of searches on  the Consumer Health Information Search powered by google logo and topic searches.

  • To use the Consumer Health Information Search powered by google logo, type in a few descriptive words and press Enter (or select the Search button) for a list of relevant Web pages. Since Google only returns Web pages that contain all of the words in your query, refining your search is as simple as adding or removing words to the search term(s) you have already entered. Search Tips.

  • Topic searches use's list of topics, presented in A-Z lists, to search the database of reviewed Web pages or sites. Each section of the site uses topic searches. Search results are listed alphabetically.

    Both of these searches work in English and Spanish. (Organization information is available only in English at this time; we continue to work with our partners to increase the amount of information available in other languages.)


Search Result Screens

Consumer Health Information Search powered by google logo

To use the Google search, simply type one or more search terms (the words or phrase that best describe the information you want to find) into the search box and hit the "Enter" key or click on the Google "Search" button.

Cancer - Cancer Survivorship
... National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Cancer Prevention
and Control - Monitoring - Research - Public Health Programs - Education, ... - 38k - 2005-08-15 - Cached

The first line of any Google search result item is the title of the Web page found. If you see a URL instead of a title, then either the page has no title or Google has not indexed that page's full content, but its place in your search results indicates that it is a good match for your query.

The text below the title is an excerpt from the result page with your query terms bolded. Listed after the text is the URL or Web address of the returned result, followed by the size of the text portion of the Web page, which gives you an idea of how quickly it might display.

The cached link will show you the contents of the Web page when Google last indexed it. If for some reason the site link doesn't connect you to the current page, you might still find the information you need on the cached version. When Google finds multiple results from the same Web site, the most relevant result is listed first, with other relevant pages from that site indented below it.

Topic Searches

The search result screens for topic searches appear as follows—

  • A title line that shows where you are in the site and the topic or text used for the search.

Home > Health LibraryAll TopicsC > Cancer

  • The number of search results and links for moving through the list.

11–20 of 104 Web pages | < Previous | Next > | Show All

NCI Cancer Fact Sheets
Also available in: Spanish
A wide range of accurate, credible cancer information from peer-reviewed PDQ® summaries on state-of-the-art care, cancer fact sheets and other publications. Information is based on the results of curr details....
National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

  • At the bottom of each screen of search results, a date that indicates the last time the database was updated.

Database Updated: Monday, November 8, 2004 logo USA dot Gov: The U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal
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