Smart Bra Detects Breast Cancer
By Danielle Cronquist December 14 357
In the Unites States, about one in eight women will develop breast cancer over the course of her life, according to breastcancer.org. In the year 2016, 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 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 the early phases of 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.
While we wait to see if the iTBra will earn Food and Drug Administration approval, be sure to continue breast cancer screening and mammograms as recommended by your healthcare provider.