JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – One of the most commonly diagnosed cancers, especially for Veterans, is Colorectal Cancer (CRC) if caught early enough someone’s risk of dying decreases dramatically. To help, the VA is utilizing Artificial Intelligence to better detect precancerous growths.
Regular screenings, like colonoscopies, are a key part to decrease the risk of suffering from CRC.
The VA performs nearly 300,000 colonoscopies each year, with research showing the VA exceeds national benchmarks.
In December of 2022, the VA’s National Colorectal Cancer Screening Program deployed over 100 artificial intelligence devices to assist with cancer detection in over 40 facilities.
The devices may significantly increase cancer detection rate during colonoscopies.
Over 38,000 VA colonoscopies have already been performed at facilities outfitted with AI devices since their deployment.