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Healthy Living: San Diego company 'Curemetrix' using artificial intelligence to detect cancer

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There is no question that mammography is a woman's best defense when it comes to detecting breast cancer at its earliest.

The technology has saved countless lives, but it's not fool-proof. Radiologists are the doctors who specialize in reading the breast images taken during a mammography screening.

And depending on breast density, the pictures don't always tell the whole story.

Studies show false negatives, or missed tumors can occur at a rate of about 1 in 5 breast cancers. False positives affect 7 to 12 percent of all women after an initial mammogram, meaning a patient must unnecessarily undergo stress and sometimes invasive biopsies for a cancer that does not exist.

A San Diego-based company called Curemetrix is using artificial intelligence to help in getting the most accurate reading possible.

Researchers there say using computer-aided diagnosis will save a significant portion of the $4 billion per year spent on unneeded procedures and more importantly reduce false negatives and savings lives.

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