A new bra has been developed to detect breast cancer by using infrared technology. This bra could help women all around the world to quickly and easily detect the disease in its earliest stages.
The bra has been invented by a team of researchers at the National University of Columbia in the School of Electric Technology. The researchers hope that the prototype will soon be mass produced and introduced to the market to make it easily available for women.
The bra is currently being tested in the lab and does not yet have a name.
The anti-breast cancer bra works through the use of tiny infrared sensors. The sensors record breast temperatures and alert the woman wearing it if there are any abnormalities.
The wearer can immediately consult a doctor and catch the disease in its earliest stages.
In breast tissue, any abnormal cells require an extra blood supply and as a consequence the temperature of the area is raised.
In order to detect a baseline temperature, the user will do a scan when the bra is first put one.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. One in eight women will be diagnosed in their lifetime.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, with lung cancer being first. There are various risk factors of cancer, the most significant risk factor are advancing age and family history, but there are also other lifestyle factors such as alcohol consumption, smoking and being overweight.
Early detection is crucial and plays a huge role in survival statistics. Improved screening, early detection, improved awareness, and constantly improving treatment options have helped decrease death rates from breast cancer for the past 25 years.
The development of this breast cancer detecting bra could help to improve survival rates when it reaches the market.