Automated Detection of Breast Cancer Using Artificial Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic

Esraa A. AL-Dreabi, Mohammad M. Otoom, Bareqa Salah, Ziad M. Hawamdeh, Mohammad Alshraideh


Our aim was to develop a diagnostic system that could classify breast tumors as either malignant or benign to provide a faster and more reliable method for patients. In order to accomplish this, we built two systems: one is based on Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) with a resilient back propagation and the other is based on fuzzy logic. We used the dataset provided by the University of California Irvine (UCI) Machine Learning Repository: the Wisconsin Diagnostic Breast Cancer (WDBC) dataset which describes characteristics of the cell nuclei presented in the images. The dataset is composed of features computed from digitized images of a Fine Needle Aspirate (FNA) of the breast mass. The system is based on ANN and was built using a feed-forward neural network with a Resilient Back Propagation (Rprop) algorithm that used to train the network, the number of hidden layers and hidden neurons determined by performing experiments and selecting the highest architectural accuracy.

In order to obtain general architecture and to identify the accuracy of this system, we used ten-folds cross validation. The second system is based on fuzzy logic, and we built a Fuzzy Inference System (FIS). The decision tree was used to define the membership functions and the rules. The experiments were performed on two types of FIS: Sugeno-type and Mamdani-type. For the system based on ANN, Feed-Forward Neural Network presented the highest accuracy at 97.6%. While for fuzzy system, Sugeno FIS showed the highest accuracy at 94.8%. Since breast tumors, both malignant and benign, share structural similarities, the process of their detection is extremely difficult and time consuming if it is to be manually classified. Laboratory analysis or biopsies of the tumor is a manual, time consuming process yet it is accurate system of prediction. It is, however, prone to human errors. Consequently, a need of creating an automated system to provide a faster and more reliable method of diagnosis and prediction for patients is rising. In this paper, we developed two kinds of artificial intelligence systems that can help physicians to classify breast cancer tumors as either malignant or benign.


Benign; Breast cancer; Fuzzy system; Malignant; Neural Networks.

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