The internet has experienced an information explosion on cancer and related issues. In 2006, ‘cancer’ was even the third-most searched-for word on Google News. As an increasing number of people search for cancer information online, social websites become more and more relevant as a source of information. However, finding accurate and reliable cancer information is crucial. Especially Wikipedia is a key player in this context.
This is why Cancer Research UK, the leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research, has started efforts to improve the quality of cancer information available on Wikipedia. The organization’s primary goal is to save as many cancer patients as possible. First steps to clarify the huge amount of information available have been made with the help of the Wikimedia’s UK branch through advice and training. So far, the edits made by the Cancer Research team have been well received by the Wikipedia community.