AI 'Doctors' Provide Free Screening for Cervical Cancer
Cervical and breast cancer (the "two cancers") are lifethreatening diseases that have affected countless women in recent years. Statistics issued in 2017 by the National Cancer Center indicate 460,000 women worldwide are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, and nearly one-third of those women are Chinese. The statistics also indicate more than 50,000 Chinese women die from cervical cancer every year. Also, the rate of incidence of breast cancer has increased three percent annually in recent years.
An official of the Hubei (in Central China) Women's Federation recently told media the federation and Hubei's departments of Finance, Human Resources and Health, and the Family Planning Commission, had completed the 20172018 project of providing free screening for cervical cancer to poverty-stricken women (in the province). Under the project, 370,000 urban and rural women were screened for the disease. For the first time in Hubei's history, AI (artificial intelligence) technologies were used during the cancer-screening project. It was also the largest screening (for the cancer) project, in which AI technologies were used, in China.
The official said Hubei's provincial government will allocate, every year from 2017-2019, 50 million yuan (US $7.46 million) to fund the project, in accordance with Hubei's plan to provide free screening for the "two cancers" to impoverished women. That will ensure 370,000 urban and rural women, from families with low incomes, will receive free screening for the two forms of cancer. The official also said Hubei would strive to achieve the goal of offering, within three years, free screening for the cancers to all poverty-stricken women in the province.
Wuhan Landing Cloud Medical Laboratory Co., Ltd. used AI technologies as it helped organizers implement the project. The company's medical researchers told media AI "doctors," compared with human doctors, can provide the