Early screening for breast cancer brings 5-year survival rates to 99%, from an 85% average. Tissue analysis by a pathologist is the only way to identify breast cancer with certainty. Fewer and fewer pathologists are trained each year. Image recognition algorithms can assist pathologists.
Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer encountered by women. The earlier the screening, the better the survival odds are. Enhancement of screening techniques is one of the main courses of actions pursued by researchers to improve patient care.
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It's our goal that these systems allow doctors to personalise screening and detection programs, so as to definitely get rid of late diagnoses.
Breast cancer cases where affected tissue is detected early have a 5-year survival rate of 99%, as opposed to an 85% survival rate on average. With the aid of a neural network we developed, after two weeks of training, it could detect sick tissue strips with an 88% accuracy, helping alleviate the workload of pathologists. In cancerology, image recognition techniques can analyze cancer tissue following the processes we applied to breast cancer. The same methods can help diagnose throat cancer (using radios as DeepMind did).
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