Breast cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers in Pennsylvania as the most common cancer among women that accounts for one-quarter of all cancer cases around the world. Early detection has made major improvements in the detection and treatment of breast cancer, and it has a survival rate higher than that of other malignancies. However, by further improving the detection and treatment of cancer, scientific advances can help to prevent additional deaths.
One such advance in the detection of breast cancer was announced by scientists who created a computer-assisted system to allow more difficult-to-find breast cancers to be pinpointed. Some of these cancers have edges that blend into the surrounding tissue, making them difficult to see through traditional diagnostics used in mammography. Others appear to look more like benign growths, but respond to other testing substances like malignant tumors. By reducing misdiagnosis and undetected cases of cancer, this system can help to save lives and prevent the further development of cancerous tumors.
The technology improves on existing software by using new algorithms to develop the images gathered during a mammogram. Computer-assisted systems are already used in order to minimize the effects of human error, but the new algorithms allow for greater capacities to correctly identify malignant tumors. In addition, they also show promise toward more easily identifying the types of cancers that are more likely to grow quickly or become fatal, allowing doctors to personalize a treatment regimen.
Existing technologies for breast cancer detection already perform with a high degree of accuracy but cannot entirely eliminate physician errors. When cancer goes misdiagnosed or undetected, it can spread and lead to a severely worsened condition or even death. Patients whose cancer misdiagnosis has caused or extended their suffering may benefit from consulting with a medical malpractice attorney about pursuing compensation.