Breast Cancer Detection using AI

Updated: Aug 30, 2021

Breast cancer is when there is a lump in the breast and the cells are growing at an abnormal rate. This destroys the connective tissues in the breast and can spread up lymph nodes under the arm that are vital for our bodies immunity. An AI service that can read images and predict whether the image is of healthy or cancerous cells in the breast can help detect breast cancer at early stages.

Student builds AI that detects breast cancer
Breast Cancer Detection using AI

Breast cancer is when there is a lump in the breast and the cells are growing at an abnormal rate. This destroys the connective tissues in the breast and can spread up lymph nodes under the arm. That is why breast cancer needs to be detected in its early stages, but that doesn’t happen all the time. However, advances in computer science can help with early detection of breast cancer. AI or Artificial intelligence is something I used to help solve this problem.


How do you Build An AI?

To build an AI service that can read images and predict whether the image is of healthy or cancerous cells in the breast, you need to collect lots of example images of healthy and malignant or cancerous histopathology images. Fortunately, there are resources that provide you with such images. I found a resource on Kaggle. This dataset consists of 277,524 images of which 78,786 out of the 277,524 where cancerous and the remaining 198,738 images were healthy.