Smart Bra Detects Breast Cancer

Smart Bra Detects Breast Cancer

By Danielle Cronquist Published at December 22 Views 1,653

In the Unites States, about one in eight women will develop breast cancer over the course of her life, according to In a single year, it’s estimated there will be 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer, along with another 61,000 cases of non-invasive breast cancer. One of the keys to treating this disease is early detection, and an innovative new product could help with that. Many women already wear a bra every day, so how about multitasking and wearing a bra that detects breast cancer?

The iTBra
The iTBra is a patch designed to be worn inside of your bra that helps detect early signs of cancer without a mammogram or an ultrasound. Although the product, created by Circadian Health, is still in development, it’s already showing a lot of promise. So far, 500 patients at Ohio State University and Medicine X group at Stanford have been tested and the iTBra has given an accurate diagnosis 87 percent of the time. By comparison, mammograms are about 83 percent accurate.

The iTBra takes between two and 24 hours of wear to work. The patch measures circadian temperature changes within the breast. Data is sent from the patch to your smartphone or computer and is analyzed using a system of algorithms to identify abnormal temperatures and patterns.

The technology has earned approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but is not yet sold in the United States. For now, be sure to continue breast cancer screening and mammograms as recommended by your healthcare provider.

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