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article imageCancer research experts to 'tidy up' Wikipedia entries

By Kev Hedges     Apr 4, 2011 in Health
Cancer research experts in the UK are to work with Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, with an aim to clear up clarity and data accuracy on the disease.
Cancer Research UK are a charity which says too many people investigating cancer online are naturally turning to Wikipedia rather than its own pages. Wikipedia has welcomed the input from the specialists to edit its entries saying, "they have a lot to contribute". Mike Peel, from Wikimedia, is training a number of staff from the charity on how to input to its pages. He said: "Expert editors are really vital and have a lot to contribute."
Performing a search engine entry for "breast cancer" puts Wikipedia in second place on Google listings. Cancer Research UK is down in seventh place, if using the the UK site of the search engine, reports BBC Health.
Indeed, putting most terms into Google such as Bowel Cancer, Prostrate Cancer or Lung Cancer will come back with similar results. The specialists have already got to work on Wikipedia with an orphaned entry on the hallmarks of cancer. Also, an interesting article on cervical cancer has been authored.
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