EARLY DETECTION OF CANCER USING LASERS DEMONSTRATOR
The Problem: Early Detection Of Oral Cancer
Reports from the US state that Oral Cancer is the most expensive to treat. Most oral cancers require costly and disfiguring medical intervention, and even then the five-year survival rate is only 57%. There are 124.000 new cases diagnosed each year. This gives an additional cost to the medical health care system of €6.944B per year.
Historically the death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development. Today, there is still no comprehensive program to opportunistically screen for the disease, and without that; late stage discovery and high mortality rates are most likely to continue.
Our Solution : Low Cost Screening Tool
In a previous Research for SMEs project: (EDOCAL), the SMEs 2M, CST and TG developed a preliminary test system for early cancer detection using state of the art telecom laser technology. This project finished on 31.12.2011 and the results achieved in were in line with the goals set put at the start of the project.
Our objective in this project is to use the results of the research to build and validate the demonstrator in a clinical setting and subsequently to commercialise the first low cost screening tool for early detection of oral cancers.
The project is being funded by the 7 th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, grant agreement number 605254, by the European Union.