How can machine learning improve breast cancer prediction?
One of the main Machine Learning application in healthcare is the identification and diagnosis of diseases which are considered hard-to-diagnose. This includes anything from cancers, which are tough to diagnose during the initial stage, to many genetic diseases.
Doctors, oncologists and medical staffs can use predictive models to help them in their diagnosis. However, they are not data scientists and they may not have the required skills in machine learning or the coding experience to build models. Most data handled by these professionals are small data, meaning that their historical data is related to a few hundred patients and not definitely millions (Big data). Typically, as soon as there is a suspicion due to a breast mass being detected, a fine needle aspirate is performed (FNA). The cell nuclei extracted are measured in radius, volume, texture and perimeter. Traditional machine learning tools work well with Big Data but do not perform well with these Small Data.
MyDataModels allows domain experts, in this case doctors, oncologists and researchers, to automatically build predictive models out of their collected Data. No training is required, collected data can be used directly without the need to normalize them, handle outliers or perform feature engineering to obtain results in less than a minute, on a regular laptop.
MyDataModels brings a self-service solution for those who have Small Data and no data scientists.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, accounting for 25% of all cancer cases worldwide. It affects 2.1 million people yearly. Early diagnosis significantly increases the chances of survival. However, research indicates that most experienced physicians can only diagnose cancer with 79% accuracy, while 91% correct diagnosis can be achieved using generic machine learning techniques.
“Predictive model reached an 97% accuracy rate”
In the breast cancer prediction use case presented, using real data, the results obtained from MyDataModels’ predictive models reach a 97% accuracy rate. Using machine learning to detect diseases in general, and breast cancer in particular would allow doctors to save precious patient precious time and get a “second opinion” about a cancer risk in a few clicks.