Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Faculty of Dentistry held a session in scope of Breast Cancer Awareness Month on the use of artificial intelligence in diagnosing breast cancer. With the attendance of Faculty of Dentistry students, the session was organised by Prof. Dr. Aydın Karakuzu, Faculty of Dentistry Dean, and Software Expert Mehmet Erkan.
During the session, it was stated that one in every 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives and that breast cancer has the highest mortality rate after lung cancer. The importance of early diagnosis was emphasised for this common, yet fatal disease and self-examination was suggested as the simplest method for early diagnosis. The possible existence of masses or calcifications detected via self-examination are differentiated and classified as either benign or malignant by artificial intelligence based support systems, which were exemplified during this session.
While the traditional methods can give an approximately 70% accurate result without an interventional biopsy, artificial intelligence based support systems’ sensitivity and precision were determined as 90%. During the session, it was mentioned that the use of artificial intelligence would increase in clinical environments and it was predicted that we would come across promising developments in the future.