90% accuracy of home screening tests that detect oral cancer

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With hopes of improving early oral cancer detection rates, a new test that uses AI in order to detect cancer has kicked off. Researchers call it a ‘much-needed aid’ in early-stage cancer detection as the tests claim a 90% accuracy rate.

The test is also the first to detect early signs of oral and throat cancers using a new technology stamped with US FDA’s ‘breakthrough advice’ designation.

“With hopes of improving early oral cancer detection rates, a new test that uses AI in order to detect cancer has kicked off. “

In the UK, there are around twelve-and-a-half thousand new head and neck cancer cases every year, according to current statistics.

Researchers used information from nine hundred and forty-five samples – twelve of which came from people with throat cancer and eighty from people with oral cancer – to train a machine-learning model.

The test, called Cancerdetect, is now available for purchase in the US. It is also pushing for FDA approval, which, if granted, would allow the test to be covered by health insurance providers across the country.

Fears that growing levels of oral cancers are going unnoticed have been fuelled by the existing crisis within NHS dentistry.

Experts have suggested that oral cancer detection and other areas of healthcare could be directly impacted by what recent figures have shown, that nine in ten NHS dental practices are unable to accept new adult patients.

National director of Healthwatch England, Laura Ansari, has stated: “I don’t think it’s the case that pressures in A&E are all down to dental problems. But we do absolutely hear of some people seeking emergency help because they can’t find a dentist. And of course, if people don’t have check-ups, the NHS miss signs of things like oral cancer, so it can affect the system in all sorts of ways.”

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