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Certificate of compliance with the Code of Conduct HONcode


HONcode status The health Website
The Melanoma International Foundation
is in compliance with the HONcode


Title of the site:The Melanoma International Foundation
Web address:http://www.melanomainternational.org/
HONcode PIN number :HONConduct286972
Date of initial review: 03 Feb 2008
Validity of certificate10 Dec 2012 - Dec 2014
Date of last visit25 Feb 2014

This certificate confirms the revision of the site by the HONcode Team at the above date.
It respects and pledges to honor the 8 principles of the HON Code of Conduct (HONcode).

* 1. Authoritative   2. Complementarity   3. Privacy   4. Attribution   5. Justifiability   6. Transparency
    7. Financial disclosure   8. Advertising policy



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The Health on the Net (HON) certificate serves as a guarantee that this website, at the date of its certification, complies with and pledges to honor the 8 principles of the HON Code of Conduct as drawn up by the HON foundation.

The responsible of the certified site commits to keep the site in compliance with the HON code principles for the duration of the certification.

Although measures such as a complaint mechanism, the periodical review and the automatic surveillance mechanisms are put in place to guarantee the compliance of the certified website with the ethical principles of HON as much as possible, incidental inaccuracies cannot be completely excluded. In no event the HON foundation and/or its partner(s) can be held liable for any damages resulting from the use or inability to use HON certified websites nor can the HON foundation and/or its partner(s) be held liable for the content of these certified websites, including, but not limited to the information of third-parties or hyperlinks accessible via HON certified websites.

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You will find below the elements identified by the HONcode team at a precise date to justify the respect of the 8 ethical principles.

The content of this certificate has been collected and written by the Health On the Net Foundation (HON) and should not be used without previous permission granted by HON. A request for permission can be sent to: HON.

1. Information must be authoritative
http://www.melanomainternational.org/about/
Bruce Brod, M.D.
Co-chair, Dermatology
Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Keith Flaherty, M.D.
Co-chair: Oncology
Director of Developmental Therapeutics
Massachusetts General Hospital

Our website's scientific information is validated by our Scientific Advisory Board listed on this site; all are credentialed medical professionals and most are melanoma specialists.

  (26 Oct 2012) - Link

For the collaborative platform:

This forum is moderated for scientific soundness with the help of MIF's Scientific Board members. In addition, Catherine Poole, President and Founder of the Melanoma International Foundation, a melanoma survivor, and patient navigator and co-author with DuPont Guerry, MD a melanoma expert, of Melanoma, Prevention, Detection and Treatment, (Yale University Press: 2005) and MIF staff, monitor this site frequently.
(26 Oct 2012) - Link

2. Presentation of the site
Mission:


Our Mission
To develop personalized strategies with patients so they may live longer, better lives.

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Audience: General public
 
to all patients globally.
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For the collaborative platform:

complement the relationship by empowering the patient and family member with knowledge
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Purpose of the website
The MIF Website is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided through this Website should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.
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For the collaborative platform:

Information on this forum is not meant to replace the advice of a health professional. It may however, complement the relationship by empowering the patient and family member with knowledge.
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3. Confidentiality
Privacy Policy
The Melanoma International Foundation or MIF is committed to maintaining the privacy of the personal information of visitors to its sites. Our policies are designed to disclose the information collected and how it will be used. This policy applies solely to the information provided while visiting this Web site. The terms of the privacy policy do not govern personal information furnished through any means other than this Web site (such as by telephone or mail). [...]
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For the collaborative platform:

Please know that posts are visible to everyone and you are able to erase or modify as needed. All participants are expected to treat each other with respect and honesty and offensive posts will be removed without notice. If any ill-willed behavior continues, the participant will be banned from the forum.
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4. Information must be documented: Referenced and dated
Only data for one sample are displayed among those selected.
SOURCE: Poole, Catherine, Guerry, DuPont, M.D., Melanoma Prevention Detection and Treatment, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.
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For the collaborative platform:

Other users that are not moderators are not medical professionals. We ask participants to give references for any medical/health information they provide if it is not based on personal experience.
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UPDATED: October 12, 2012
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For the collaborative platform:

Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:11 pm
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5. Justification of claims
When given in the high doses that are apparently neces­sary to treat melanoma effectively, alpha-interferon has many side effects. [...]
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For the collaborative platform:

Please only post information that you know to be true and correct.
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6. User support and adequation
Feel free to give us a call or use our request form below and we will respond within 24 hours. [...]
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For the collaborative platform:

If you have any questions regarding this forum please email:
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7. Disclosure of funding sources
http://www.melanomainternational.org/about/patrons.html
MIF is primarily funded through the generous donations of individuals. We do recieve a smaller portion of funding from family foundations, community foundations and pharmaceutical foundations. Our fundraising event at Villanova University is the largest melanoma awareness event held in the world. Other events are held all over the United States, with an emphasis on providing free screenings and educational opportunities in communities nationwide.

Patrons & Sponsors
We are grateful to all of our sponsors for their support.
Financial Supporters [...]
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For the collaborative platform:

This forum is moderated by specialists in melanoma, primarily by volunteer dermatologists and oncologists on a weekly basis.
(30 Mar 2011) - Link

8. Advertising policy
Advertisement
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Our website hosts advertisement banners and sponsored links. Advertisement is distinguished by the word "Advertisement".
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Our website hosts advertisement banners and sponsored links. Advertisement is distinguished by the word "Advertisement".
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Our website does not host advertisement banners and sponsored links.
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For the collaborative platform:

ADVERTISING & SPAMMING
Advertising, spamming and trolling is not allowed. This includes using the forum email and Private message system to spam other members.
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