Breast cancer is a prominently major cause of cancer related deaths in women. The survival probability sufficiently increases if the tumors are detected earlier. Here is a latest cancer-sensing bra developed by a Newada-based company called First Warning Systems. It is a BSE (Breast Self Examination) Bra and has sensors integrated inside the cups. These sensors are smart enough to detect minute changes in breast-skin temperature that are often caused by tumors.
The tumors affected tissues in breasts cause development of blood vessels around them to supply blood to cancerous cells. These particular blood vessels portray specific heat signature, which can be recognized with the use of sensors. Typical Mammograms or MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) can’t recognize such heat patterns. Hence, this Smart BSE Bra is far more effective in early detection of cancerous tissues in breasts. It can detect tumorous cells as many as six years earlier than routine Mammograms can do.
Three clinical trials on 650 clients of all age groups were conducted and surprisingly the Smart BSE Bra detected breast tumors with 92.1% accuracy, while routine Mammograms are known to deliver only 70% accuracy.
First Warning Systems has received a number of patents on this sensing technology. The company is planning to launch the product in European Markets by 2013 and in USA by 2014. The product is awaiting FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) approval. Cost of the BSE Bra is yet to be determined.
To know about the medical procedure of using the bra, we on the behalf of emailed First Warning Systems about the use. In the prompt reply they told us that the client has to hire the bra from the doctor and then she will have to wear it for 12 hours. The bra has then to be returned to doctor who will next examine it and provide you with the report.
We hope, this bra will help doctors diagnose the tumors more effectively.
Breast cancer is the most common reason of cancer related deaths in women around the world. According to statistics of CancerResearchUK.org, about 460,000 women died of breast cancer alone in 2008.
We have another article about female breasts with informative statistics.