New open access paper in Gut "Artificial intelligence and machine learning for early detection and diagnosis of colorectal cancer in sub-Saharan Africa"

14 April, 2022

I wanted to bring this paper to the attention of the Forum members. Colorectal cancer is now the fifth commonest cause of cancer in sub-Saharan Africa, but patients often present at a late stage leading to poor outcomes. To meet this challenge, more efficient approaches to CRC screening and early diagnosis need to be developed. The authors discuss how artificial intelligence/machine learning tools could be leveraged to conduct population-based surveillance and improve the early diagnosis and prognosis of CRC. They also point to the potential for using such innovative approaches in other potential high impact areas such as maternal, newborn, and child health and the growing burden of non-communicable diseases in Africa.

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HIFA profile: Henry Spilberg is an Associate Publisher at BMJ in the United Kingdom. Professional interests: I am an Associate Publisher at BMJ, responsible for managing a list of high profile medical journals, including Thorax, Gut, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Postgraduate Medical Journal, Tobacco Control, and BMJ Global Health. I work closely with academic editors and editorial boards and with partner societies to develop the journals and ensure they meet the needs of practitioners and researchers globally. I have a particular interest in good publication ethics and ensuring that the right information gets to those who need it. My LinkedIn profile is Email address: hspilberg AT