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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..


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