Early detection of cancers can help to significantly improve prognosis of patients and reduce mortality. This is particularly pronounced for cancers that, despite advances in diagnostic procedures, are still only detected late.
- Ovarian cancer is often detected at advanced stages and as a result has a five-year survival rate of less than 40%.
- Womb cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women and its prevalence is increasing. No screening exists for endometrial cancer and the lead symptom is abnormal uterine bleeding. Many women present with abnormal uterine bleeding, but most do not have cancer. Current imaging methods for detecting cancer in women with symptoms are suboptimal.
- Cervical cancer screening is routine in many countries and saves lives. Nevertheless, current strategies for triaging women at risk following an HPV test could be improved.
Our work focuses on the early detection of all of these cancers.