End in sight for cer­vi­cal can­cer with al­go­rithm

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Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence may be poised to wipe out cer­vi­cal can­cer, after a study this week showed com­puter al­go­rithms could de­tect pre-can­cer­ous le­sions far bet­ter than trained ex­perts or con­ven­tional screen­ing tests.

Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion, cer­vi­cal can­cer is the fourth most fre­quent can­cer in women, with an es­ti­mated 570,000 new cases glob­ally in 2018.

De­spite ma­jor ad­vances in screen­ing and vac­ci­na­tion, which can pre­vent the spread of hu­man pa­pil­lo­mavirus which causes most cases of cer­vi­cal can­cer, those gains have mainly ben­e­fited women in rich na­tions.

“We are try­ing to find ways that are ex­tremely cheap, ex­tremely easy but very ac­cu­rate, so that we can at­tack cer­vi­cal can­cer by vac­cine and also a bit later through a sim­ple tech­nique that is cell­phone based or some­thing like it,” said se­nior au­thor Mark Schiff­man, a doc­tor at the Na­tional Can­cer In­sti­tute’s Divi­sion of Can­cer Epi­demi­ol­ogy and Ge­net­ics near Wash­ing­ton who has been search­ing for a cure to cer­vi­cal can­cer for 35 years. —

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