Miracle bra detects cancer
The high-tech device is inserted inside a bra and works by collecting data that is submitted to a computer for further analysis to determine if a tumour could be growing.
Breast cancer affects as many as one in eight women and current screening methods are not as effective as they could be.
For example, mammograms are not always accurate for women under 40 because their breast tissue is denser and more difficult to scan and tumours can start growing up to six years before being detected by a mammogram.
The new bra will, reportedly, be able to detect changes in breast tissue immediately, enabling women to seek treatment sooner.
Better still, unlike a mammogram, the bra does not emit radiation.
Scientists have reacted positively to the news. Deanna Pogoreic at MedCity News said, “What a godsend. This inconspicuous device would catch tumours before women even see a doctor”.
Others, however, have questioned if it’s just another money-spinner that is playing on women’s fears.
In 2007, the BBC reported that having breast cancer can cost women “into the thousands” with women spending an average of £2000 on treatment and prescriptions, hospital parking fees, diet changes and other holistic treatments. Additionally the disease can result in a loss of income for the patient.
But as it is currently estimated to be on the market for $1000 per bra, it may still be well out of most people’s price range.
The bra is has undergone three successful trials and is undergoing a final trial before being released in Europe next year and in the US in 2014.
First Warning Systems, Inc. have said that their bra will be most suitable for women who are not optimal mammogram candidates – those under 40 with dense breast tissue.