Google’s New AI is Great at Spotting Breast Cancer in X-Rays

By Victor Tangermann – Re-Blogged From Futurism

Could this AI reduce our dependence on human radiologists?

A team of UK researchers at Google Health and Google’s AI lab DeepMind has created a tool that can successfully identify breast cancer in X-ray mammograms, Wired reports.

It’s so successful, according to the paper published in the journal Nature this week, that it could one day rival or even outperform human radiologists.

The researchers trained their AI using mammograms from nearly 91,000 women in the US and UK — and the results were impressive. Compared to human radiologists, the AI model flagged 9.4 percent fewer false negatives and 5.7 percent fewer false positives in the US dataset, and 2.7 and 1.2 percent respectively for the much larger UK dataset.

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Drug Cuts Breast Cancer Return in Half

By Health Day – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

For certain women with early stage breast cancer, a newer drug that combines an antibody with chemotherapy may cut the risk of disease recurrence in half, a new trial finds.

The study focused on nearly 1,500 women with early stage breast cancer that was HER2-positive — meaning it carries a protein that promotes cancer growth.

About one in every five breast cancers is HER2-positive.

Drug Cuts Breast Cancer Return in Half

Study: MRI Better Than Mammogram for Detecting Breast Cancer

By Lynn Allison  – Re- Blogged From Newsmax Health

Serena Williams kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness month by performing topless to bring awareness to the importance of breast self-examination. Williams, who has won 23 Grand Slam singles tennis titles, posted a video of herself singing “I Touch Myself.”

“Early detection is key,” she wrote on Instagram.” It saves so many lives. I just hope this helps remind people of that.” Statistics show that one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, and about 40,920 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2018 from the disease, according to Breastcancer.org.

Breast cancer study.

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Breast Cancer Cured With Experimental Treatment

By AFP – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

A woman with an aggressive form of breast cancer which defied chemotherapy and spread to other organs, was cured with an experimental treatment that triggered her immune system, researchers said Monday.

The woman has been cancer-free for two years, reported the US-based team, presenting their results as “a new immunotherapy approach” for the treatment of patients with a late-stage form of the disease.

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