New Bra Continuously Checks Breasts for Tumors
October 11, 2012 9:59 PM
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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,
via physical examination.
A new bra can detect
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:
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10/11/2012 10:40:27 PM
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.
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