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AI could be used in the future to analysis Irish cancer data

In a wide-ranging interview on the work of the Registry, Prof Kerri Clough-Gorr said that she would like to see expansion in the data gathered by the Registry.

“I hope we will be able to move towards a place where we can actually use artificial intelligence once data is digitalised,” she told the Medical Independent (MI).

“You can use artificial intelligence to really mine the data that you are looking for. That would be another area of huge opportunity for us in the digital world in the future.”

Separately in the interview the NCRI Director said that the Registry is currently understaffed and she called on the Government to make it mandatory for hospitals to supply cancer data to the Registry.

Earlier this month the NCRI published its annual report, which indicates that while rates of cancer (taking account of age and population size) appear to have stabilised or fallen recently, the numbers of cancers diagnosed continue to rise annually, mainly due to ageing and growth of the Irish population.

According to the NCRI annual report, approximately 167,700 cancer survivors (previously diagnosed with an invasive cancer other than non-melanoma skin cancer) were estimated to be alive at the end of 2015 (equivalent to 3.6 per cent of the Irish population).

See full interview on page 12

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