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Researchers at MIT in the US have developed a new AI model that can detect future risks for lung cancer. 1.7 million people in the world die every year from lung cancer, but if it is detected early, the chance of survival increases significantly.
"If you detect lung cancer early, your chances are much better. The chance of surviving for five more years then ends up at nearly 70 percent compared to the barely ten percent chance you have of surviving for five years if the lung cancer is detected late," says Florian Fintelmann, researcher at MIT and one of the researchers behind the model, in a press release.
Using the AI model, the researchers were able to identify people who were at higher risk of developing lung cancer six years before they got cancer.
This new technology could have great benefits for preventing and early detection of lung cancer. In the past, it has been difficult to identify at an early stage. People who are at higher risk of lung cancer because the symptoms can be non-specific and point to many lung diseases. Now the AI model can be used to tailor screening and monitoring of people at higher risk.
The researchers will now go further and train the model on more people to make it even more accurate. Mainly then for people who have never smoked, but who still get lung cancer.