Cancer will be diagnosed at an earlier stage than they would have been: Says Theresa May

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Cancer will be diagnosed at an earlier stage than they would have been: Says Theresa May

Theresa May has unveiled plans to use artificial intelligence to help prevent 22,000 cancer deaths a year by 2033.

In a speech setting out how science can transform health, the prime minister also said at least 50,000 people each year with prostate, ovarian, lung or bowel cancer will be diagnosed at an earlier stage than they would have been.

Speaking in Macclesfield, Cheshire, Mrs May said: 'Late diagnosis of otherwise treatable illnesses is one of the biggest causes of avoidable deaths.

'And the development of smart technologies to analyse great quantities of data quickly and with a higher degree of accuracy than is possible by human beings opens up a whole new field of medical research and gives us a new weapon in our armoury in the fight against disease.

'Achieving this mission will not only save thousands of lives. It will incubate a whole new industry around AI-in-healthcare, creating high-skilled science jobs across the country, drawing on existing centres of excellence in places like Edinburgh, Oxford and Leeds - and helping to grow new ones.'