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The new tumor-detecting bra was capable of identifying 92.1 percent of tumors correctly

Women could soon check for breast cancer 24 hours a day, right out in public -- and no, fellas, not via physical examination.

A new bra can detect cancerous tumors in the breast long before the traditional mammogram screening can. The bra is called the Breast Tissue Screening Bra and was developed by First Warning Systems.

Women can wear the bra just like a normal one they'd buy from the store. It fits comfortable under everyday clothing and looks like a normal bra, but it certainly doesn't act like a normal bra.

It checks for tumors in the breast by measuring small changes in skin temperature over time that can indicate a tumor. A sensor in the front of the bra collects this data and sends it to the Internet, where the user can view results daily.

According to tests, which included over three clinical trials, the new tumor-detecting bra was capable of identifying 92.1 percent of tumors correctly. A traditional mammogram only has an accuracy of about 70 percent. Furthermore, the new bra can detect a tumor as many as six years before a mammogram can.

First Warning Systems is looking to commercialize the bra in Europe in 2013 and hopefully in the U.S. in 2014, depending on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. A bra like this could not only detect tumors early enough for treatment, but also reduce the number of false positives and avoid unnecessary treatment.

Check out a video of how the bra works here:

Source: Tech Crunch

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2 things
By Earthmonger on 10/12/2012 6:50:42 AM , Rating: 3
- No mention of power source? Is it battery powered? Do you plug it in every night? What?

- 92% detection rate? So that means there's an 8% chance of a false-positive? That is still too high. Would something like an insect bite or other skin inflammation give a false-positive?

RE: 2 things
By Manch on 10/12/2012 7:24:28 AM , Rating: 4
Still to high? It's better than the 70% detection rate of traditional methods! Plus it can detect the tumor years earlier. This tech is a game changer for early detection.

The power source, I believe is wireless. If they stray to far from the kitchen stove it will lose power.

You can accept my explanation or google it. Your choice....

RE: 2 things
By Earthmonger on 10/12/2012 7:43:36 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, but because traditional detection IS years behind, that 8% is unverifiable without an invasive surgery.

RE: 2 things
By Motoman on 10/12/2012 12:06:56 PM , Rating: 2
See my post below. You're wrong about an 8% false positive rate. Statistics 101.

RE: 2 things
By Motoman on 10/12/2012 9:19:44 AM , Rating: 3
92% detection rate doesn't mean there's an 8% false positive rate.

It means that 8% of the time it didn't detect the tumor. Basically, a false negative rate.

RE: 2 things
By theapparition on 10/15/2012 9:42:36 AM , Rating: 2
One has to wonder about the increase of tissue damage due to being so close to a wireless antenna. Yes, there's been studies, but the energy this bra is using must be dissipated somewhere.

RE: 2 things
By FITCamaro on 10/12/2012 10:50:41 AM , Rating: 2
Battery would have to be easily removable for washing purposes.

RE: 2 things
By theapparition on 10/15/2012 9:39:27 AM , Rating: 3
Or completely sealed.

Personally, I'm more in favor of a kinetic system like automatic watches. The more the breasts bounce, the more energy produced.

RE: 2 things
By thefrozentin on 10/15/2012 3:03:32 PM , Rating: 2
Does anybody see the pun in this?? bra...2 things..

not cool
By vol7ron on 10/12/12, Rating: 0
RE: not cool
By Schmide on 10/12/2012 3:30:28 AM , Rating: 1
Even I've seen the Vagina Monologs dude.

It's kind of funny, even if you are that repressed.

RE: not cool
By dark matter on 10/12/2012 8:13:52 AM , Rating: 2
I see you didn't get the punchline.

Yes, it wasn't that funny to be honest. So I can see how you missed it.

RE: not cool
By Basilisk on 10/12/2012 10:43:47 AM , Rating: 2
I'm presuming your "Period" was the punch-line to an ironic joke.

However, the topic was Breasts, and by the time they're in the vicinity of female genitals we're typically talking about much older women than this bra was devised for -- or for whom the many volunteers herein are so supportive.

RE: not cool
By Motoman on 10/12/2012 11:34:28 AM , Rating: 2
People who lack a basic understanding of anatomy are pretty funny though.

Like people who think breasts are "genitalia" and/or "sex organs."

RE: not cool
By Dorkyman on 10/12/2012 7:17:22 PM , Rating: 2
No, breasts are not "genitalia," and that's not what was implied.

Genitalia are south of the border, which is where some breasts wind up on older females. THAT was the point.

RE: not cool
By Motoman on 10/12/2012 8:29:02 PM , Rating: 2
If you say so. I see no way that a normal, average person would think anything other than this idiot OP thinks breasts are genitalia.

RE: not cool
By ianweck on 10/13/2012 12:47:38 AM , Rating: 2
Lighten up.

RE: not cool
By lagomorpha on 10/13/2012 8:02:04 PM , Rating: 2
Like people who think breasts are "genitalia" and/or "sex organs."

Breasts are secondary sex characteristics, so long as we're being pedantic.

RE: not cool
By SlyNine on 10/18/2012 9:16:48 PM , Rating: 2
Her breasts are shallow and pedantic.

Checking BOOBS is MY JOB.
By MikadoWu on 10/12/2012 7:36:18 AM , Rating: 1
Okk First thing First..... Checking BOOBS is MY JOB.

Why do Western Doctors keep wanting us to spend money on things that we should be doing.. LIne up ladies, I will help you out.

On a another note, Many alternative Medicine people believe Cancer is a Symptom not the desiese. THe block out engergy in the body causes stagnation (cancer) of tissue. THis is the same thing that happens on river beds and ponds. Where the water does not flow, algee grows.

Lets stop putting bandaids on the problem and fix it instead.

RE: Checking BOOBS is MY JOB.
By dark matter on 10/12/2012 8:17:16 AM , Rating: 2
Go check yourself then, you're a right tit.

RE: Checking BOOBS is MY JOB.
By aliasfox on 10/12/2012 12:05:43 PM , Rating: 2
Right, and that's the same line of thinking that Steve Jobs used. Where's he now.

There's definitely something to be said for early detection and early action - not just cancer, but any ailment.

RE: Checking BOOBS is MY JOB.
By Motoman on 10/12/2012 1:24:15 PM , Rating: 2
There is no "alternative" to medicine. Just like there's no "alternative" to science as a way of gaining knowledge.

RE: Checking BOOBS is MY JOB.
By 0ldman on 10/13/2012 11:48:09 AM , Rating: 2
I suggest you do more reading.

There are many studies that are showing an acidic diet is far more harmful to the human body than an alkaline or even neutral diet, to the point of possibly even being the root cause of most osteoporosis and cancer.

There are many foods and supplements that do a better job than antibiotics. Of course, this is dependent on the illness. Just like not every antibiotic treats every illness, every supplement does not treat every illness. It is just another tool in your belt.

RE: Checking BOOBS is MY JOB.
By Lord 666 on 10/13/2012 2:58:15 PM , Rating: 2
There is even more evidence linking viruses and consuming too many calories than pH.

RE: Checking BOOBS is MY JOB.
By Motoman on 10/14/2012 10:40:54 AM , Rating: 2
Uh-huh. You want to try linking any such "studies" that were published in peer-reviewed journals?


Didn't think so.

RE: Checking BOOBS is MY JOB.
By lagomorpha on 10/13/2012 8:05:20 PM , Rating: 2
stagnation (cancer) of tissue

Cancer is the opposite of stagnation. Also your post was so horrible I think it gave me cancer.

No way
By Neodude007 on 10/11/2012 11:40:28 PM , Rating: 2
There cannot possibly be a market for this when many people such as myself will feel for lumps for free all day long too. Just doesn't make sense.

RE: No way
By StevoLincolnite on 10/12/12, Rating: -1
RE: No way
By Dr of crap on 10/12/2012 8:10:32 AM , Rating: 4
Whooose - right over your head!

RE: No way
By StevoLincolnite on 10/12/2012 2:35:19 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm. So it did.
I blame the whole gay male thing, when people talk about boobs, the last thing I think of is feeling them.

RE: No way
By Camikazi on 10/12/2012 10:40:07 AM , Rating: 2
It was a boobie feeling joke, as in he would freely feel up chicks all day to look for lumps type of thing. Lighten up a bit and learn to find the jokes.

Conditional Probability
By sandineyes on 10/11/2012 10:40:27 PM , Rating: 2
Although the 92% detection rate is impressive, I wonder at how that figure is calculated. Is that saying that given you have breast cancer, this bra has a 92% chance of detecting it? If so, then the more important question is given the bra says you have cancer, what is the probability that you do. After all, according to the video, that probability is why women under 40 are encouraged to not get mammograms.

So... where can you buy it? And when?
By tayb on 10/12/2012 10:49:37 AM , Rating: 2
Sounds great. As someone who has been personally effected by a loved one with breast cancer I would be extremely interested in where you can buy this, how much it costs, and when it will be available. Anything that helps early detection is huge in my opinion, regardless of how effective it is. And something as unintrusive as a wearable bra? Excellent!

By raphd on 10/12/2012 9:01:24 PM , Rating: 2
My hands do the same thing ladies...

*$!* holster???
By Zingam on 10/12/2012 8:36:12 AM , Rating: 1
How about making such type of dick holster?

By GulWestfale on 10/11/12, Rating: -1
RE: boobies
By Nortel on 10/11/2012 10:30:14 PM , Rating: 1
Lung, stomach, liver, colon and breast cancer cause the most cancer deaths each year. You would think they'd tackle you know something more people die from like colon cancer. People are still stupid enough to smoke, so who knows. Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer causing 22% of global cancer deaths and 71% of global lung cancer deaths.

RE: boobies
By Solandri on 10/11/2012 11:00:17 PM , Rating: 5
It works based on measuring skin temperature differences between normal and cancerous tissue. So it'll only work on cancers relatively close to the skin surface, not something deep in the body like your lungs, stomach, liver, or colon.

Well I suppose they could stick a sensor up your rear and leave it in all day to detect colon cancer this way. You can volunteer to test trial that since you're the one complaining they should be addressing colon cancer instead of breast cancer. :D

RE: boobies
By BugblatterIII on 10/12/2012 8:33:09 AM , Rating: 5
If they want to detect colon cancer they could build the sensor into the next iPhone...

RE: boobies
By vanionBB on 10/12/2012 4:26:37 PM , Rating: 2

RE: boobies
By jahinoz on 10/12/2012 3:23:42 AM , Rating: 2
That's because when it comes to initiatives like breast cancer awareness, women all jump on board - they talk about it, won't stop talking about it and create attention. Where there's attention/awareness, there's a market to be advertised to. Corporates jump on the 'corporate social responsibility' bandwagon. Best way to advertise to a group of people buzzing about a health issue? Make a "donation" (or advertising investment) to an institution supporting the cause. Your company looks good, people buy your products because you've done a 'good thing'. Follow the chain and cancer R&D goes to where there's enough attention in the public about the issue.

Compare that to prostate cancer. Guys don't talk about it (probably because they have to admit they got a finger in the @$$ during diagnosis). Little to no buzz/attention to it, no return on investment, companies don't donate as much = little to no $ for R&D.

RE: boobies
By dark matter on 10/12/2012 8:15:36 AM , Rating: 1
Talking about colon cancer gives people the shits.

RE: boobies
By nocturne_81 on 10/12/2012 9:27:28 PM , Rating: 3
I think the reason breast cancer has so much attention is it's relative proclivity.. Where lung cancer is mostly caused by smoking; liver cancer by diet/obesity, hepatitis, and alcoholism; and stomach cancer by obesity/diet, smoking, gastric disorders.. the pretty damn random nature of breast cancer makes it especially scary.

And given that the mortality rate of those with prostate cancer is 1-2%, compared to breast cancer at 40%.. go ahead and go give yourself a prostate exam, buddy.

RE: boobies
By nocturne_81 on 10/12/2012 9:30:55 PM , Rating: 3
Not to say that the breast cancer charities aren't a total joke.. I refuse them a single cent, despite my own mother being a survivor. They'll see my support when she can attain affordable screenings..

RE: boobies
By xti on 10/12/2012 9:29:18 AM , Rating: 2
i want aa cig now. and blow in your face.

RE: boobies
By ClownPuncher on 10/12/2012 12:15:08 PM , Rating: 2
Your money is likely better spent on books, or classes.

RE: boobies
By inperfectdarkness on 10/12/2012 2:55:51 AM , Rating: 2
Next up:

Butt plug that actively detects prostate cancer. Patent Pending.

RE: boobies
By lagomorpha on 10/13/2012 8:09:08 PM , Rating: 3
I realize you're joking but that does sound less invasive than a doctor's fingers. I wonder if the technology could be adapted?

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