UK Leverages AI to Combat Cancer
May 21, 2018
Ambitious new plans set out by the
Prime Minister today will see around 22,000 fewer people dying from
cancer each year by 2033.
Speaking in Macclesfield, the Prime Minister will use a speech to
challenge the NHS, Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector and health
charities to use data and AI to transform the diagnosis of chronic
The plans will see at least 50,000 people each year diagnosed at an
early stage of prostate, ovarian, lung or bowel cancer – people who
would have otherwise been diagnosed at a later and more deadly stage.
This would be done through using emerging technologies to cross
reference people’s genetics, habits and medical records with national
data to spot those at an early stage of cancer – empowering doctors to
make referrals to an oncologist earlier and even ahead of clear symptoms
The Prime Minister is expected to say:"Late diagnosis of otherwise
treatable illnesses is one of the biggest causes of avoidable deaths.
the development of smart technologies to analyse great quantities of
data quickly and with a higher degree of accuracy than is possible by
human beings opens up a whole new field of medical research and gives us
a new weapon in our armoury in the fight against disease.
Achieving this mission will not only save thousands of lives. It will
incubate a whole new industry around AI-in-healthcare, creating
high-skilled science jobs across the country, drawing on existing
centres of excellence in places like Edinburgh, Oxford and Leeds – and
helping to grow new ones."
Sir Harpal Kumar, CEO of Cancer Research said: "Earlier detection and
diagnosis could fundamentally transform outcomes for people with cancer,
as well as saving the NHS money. The Government’s mission to
revolutionise healthcare using the power of artificial intelligence is
pioneering. Advances in detection technologies depend on the intelligent
use of data and have the potential to save hundreds of thousands of
lives every year. We need to ensure we have the right infrastructure,
embedded in our health system, to make this possible."