Date: Wednesday, December 1st, 2021

Using artificial intelligence to help detect breast cancer

Using artificial intelligence to help detect breast cancer
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DEBORAH CUNNINGHAM: Breast cancer’s the commonest form of cancer that affects women, and will affect one in eight women in their lifetime. There’s very good evidence that screen-detected breast cancer that is breast cancer detected before there is a lump that you can feel, has a much better outlook. Women with screen-detected cancer are mostly able to be completely cured, and will go on to be long term survivors. So we really need to improve the way we can diagnose and treat women with breast cancer. And screening is the answer.

Detect breast cancer using artificial intelligence

MAMATHA REDDY: Breast screening has played a really important part in improving cancer outcomes across the world. Whilst this is the case, we face a number of challenges in providing the screening in an accurate and timely way. And one of the most important of those is the availability of specialist staff to look at the mammograms. Breast screening is not offered across many countries. And we’re very excited to be involved with this technology to allow access to breast imaging in a screening and symptomatic setting across the world.


At Google Health we’ve been developing a set of artificial intelligence tools to help doctors, nurses, and other clinicians provide better health care for their patients. At the moment, we’re focused on developing a set of these tools to support breast screening.

The aim of this work is to improve the consistency of the breast screening program here in the NHS. We’ve already published research that’s our technology is as accurate as radiologists in detecting breast cancer. And so our next step is to see how it works in real world clinical settings. And so we’re delighted to be partnering with Imperial College London, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust to undertake this work to ensure that we are building safe, accurate, and equitable tools.


This research is an important step in the long journey to increase access to screening programs available to everyone. And advance our goal of saving lives through earlier detection of breast cancer. For more information about you may visit Google Health.



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