Tech CEO: We May Soon Be Able To Spot ‘Cancer Several Months Before It Occurs’

Eric Lieberman | Associate Editor

Rajeev Suri, the CEO of Nokia, said Wednesday that he thinks advanced technology will soon be able to detect cancer “several months” before it actually materializes.

“With these sort of products, you can start to prevent stuff before it occurs and we think through biomarkers you can even figure out cancer several months before it occurs,” Suri said at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, according to CNBC. “Think about how important that is when every month and every day is important to a cancer patient.”

Nokia, a Finnish-based electronics and IT company that was once one of the most powerful tech corporations, has made considerable investments in the health and medicine sphere. Specifically, it invests in “wearables,” the class of technology that is intended to be both fashionable and informative through embedded sensors, software or network connectivity.

The company is developing a technological sleeve, for example, that is laced with computer chips able to give critical data like glucose and cholesterol levels.

Suri is also excited about the emergence of 5G technology, the next generation of internet connectivity. (RELATED: The Race To 5G: How America Could Lose Out On The Next Biggest Thing)

Remote surgery, for example, in which long-distance data transfers would be almost seamless, could be way more doable.

“Imagine a doctor in Chicago doing an operation for someone in Taiwan using robotic surgery,” Suri added, CNBC reports. “You want the doctor to feel immediate feedback to what the robot is experiencing.” (RELATED: The Newest Wearable Tech Is For Women’s Breasts)

Both wearables and advanced technology in general that will almost certainly benefit the medical world are fast approaching. And as Suri noted and explained, it could not only lead to more efficient processes, but also more lives saved.

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