Breast cancer detection breakthrough made at U of C

Researchers at the University of Calgary have a discovered a way to detect breast cancer up to 15 months earlier than other types of screening tests.

Researchers at the University of Calgary have a discovered a way to detect breast cancer up to 15 months earlier than other types of screening tests.

They have developed software that uses mathematical algorithms to show subtle changes in breast tissue.

Raj Rangayyan, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the U of C, says this kind of early diagnosis will mean more women will survive.

"So if you could incorporate this method in the screening program, it will facilitate the detection of cancer at an earlier stage," he said. 

"So what that would mean to the patient is that instead of having cancer detected later when the tumour has formed, when it has spread to neighbouring parts of the breast, where metastasis can affect the body and then cancer would be harder to control."

Rangayyan says the results of his research are promising, but he cautions that it might be some time before the software will be available to doctors and radiologists.