First Warning Systems is taking the mammogram to every woman with a revolutionary smart bra. The bra, set to be debuted in 2013, should be able to detect tumors, even in their first phase of development.
MedCityNews reports about the potentially life-changing piece of apparel. It works by having a device sowed into the inside of the bra, with which it asses if unusual spikes in breast tissue temperature have occurred.
Said spikes are most often than not related to the growth of new blood vessels in the area, only possible if a tumor is developing in the tissue.
Data from the sensor device is further analyzed by First Warning Systems' software, which takes into consideration growth patterns, chronology and artificial intelligence to determine if there is, in fact, something to worry about.
The company bases their findings on results obtained from three clinical trials, in which 650 women participated. The bra is said to be able to detect if one is prone to developing cancer, and figure out that whoever wears the bra will develop a tumor, 6 years before that actually occurs. The product will be marketed at under $1,000, company reps have stated.
The company is trying to eliminate patients' discomfort, as well as help them avoid the effects of radiation. Ironically, if a woman exposes herself, and particularly her chest, to radiation before the age of 30, she is more likely to suffer from cancer, cancer.gov reports.
According to Wikipedia, 22.9% of all patients suffering from cancer in the world display a form of breast cancer. The likelihood of women developing the crippling illness is 100 times greater than in the case of men.
Early screening is vital for survival, and mammograms are recommended on a yearly basis. First Warning Systems believe they can spare their clients the anguish of receiving a false positive or, in a worst case scenario, a first negative, by providing a service that detects cancerous cells much sooner that traditional services.