Improving breast cancer prediction using a pattern recognition network with optimal feature subsets

Gündoğdu S.

CROATIAN MEDICAL JOURNAL, vol.62, no.5, pp.480-487, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 62 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.3325/cmj.2021.62.480
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Central & Eastern European Academic Source (CEEAS), EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.480-487
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Aim To predict the presence of breast cancer by using a pattern recognition network with optimal features based on routine blood analysis parameters and anthropometric data. Methods Sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, Matthews correlation coefficient (MCC), and Fowlkes-Mallows (FM) index of each model were calculated. Glucose, insulin, age, homeostatic model assessment, leptin, body mass index (BMI), resistin, adiponectin, and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 were used as predictors. Results Pattern recognition network distinguished patients with breast cancer disease from healthy people. The best classification performance was obtained by using BMI, age, glucose, resistin, and adiponectin, and in a model with two hidden layers with 11 and 100 neurons in the neural network. The accuracy, sensitivity, specificty, FM index, and MCC values of the best model were 94.1%, 100%, 88.9%, 94.3%, and 88.9%, respectively. Conclusion Breast cancer diagnosis was succesfully predicted using only five features. A model using a pattern recognition network with optimal feature subsets proposed in this study could be used to improve the early detection of breast cancer.