With vast amounts of data on patients’ habits and genetics, technologies like machine learning could be used to spot those at an early stage of cancer.
By diagnosing cancer earlier, understanding genetic conditions better and by harnessing the data that the NHS has, the Prime Minister will also pledge to help people remain healthier for an extra five years.
Speaking in Macclesfield, Cheshire, Mrs May will say: “Late diagnosis of otherwise treatable illnesses is one of the biggest causes of avoidable death.”
“And the development of smart technologies to analyse great quantities of data quickly and with a higher degree of accuracy than is possible by human beings opens up a whole new field of medical research and gives us a new weapon in our armoury in the fight against disease.”
All of the data and technological advances needed to help cut cancer deaths are available but a system has not yet been set up to bring everything together.