Tweet Facebook Mail A new test could revolutionise the way women are screened for breast cancer, and be able to detect the disease before it develops.The world-first discovery is the result of a collaboration between the University of Melbourne, BreastScreen Victoria and Cancer Council Victoria.The test uses artificial intelligence to examine mammograms and can alert those who are at high-risk years earlier than other methods.A new test could revolutionise the way women are screened for breast cancer, being able to detect the disease before it develops. (9News)READ MORE: Australia's cancer screening rates plummet during coronavirus pandemicFor 54-year-old year old Natalie Vukovich, who has a family history of breast cancer, the new test is a huge relief amidst the constant fear she'll one day develop cancer."Just the simple fact that there is so much cancer in our family does put me at a higher risk — and I also do have the dense breast myself," Ms Vukovich told 9News.The study will take three years to complete, with researchers aiming to have the test available in five.RelatedTissue donations uncover possible new treatment for deadly cancerKelly Preston dies aged 57 from breast cancer, husband John Travolta confirmsDoctors fear thousands of Australians are living with undiagnosed breast cancer after COVID halts servicesIt is hoped this software will then be used in screening programs across the country.READ MORE: Fears thousands of women are living with undiagnosed breast cancerThe study will take three years to complete with researchers aiming to have the test available in five. (9News)READ MORE: Radical new approach for treating breast cancer"We are predicting the future. This gives an extra layer to why you would want to have a mammogram, because it's not just what is there now. It's what you could be doing now to detect breast cancers early," Melbourne University's Professor John Hopper said.The new technology will be able to personalise a woman's screening pathway so they can tailor the test to her individual risk — so it's not just one size fits all.Over 100 women will now take part in a study and have their mammograms checked using the new technology.All the same, Ms Vukovich, a BreastScreen Victoria ambassador, says women shouldn't wait for the new test to get checked for the common form of the disease. "Don't wait for this one to come out!" she said. "Do definitely speak to your GP."
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