What will they think of next? That’s the question I had to ask when I saw this article about a futuristic sports bra that could detect the early signs of breast cancer.
According to the report, the bra was actually designed in 2007 by Dr. Elias Siores of the University of Bolton in the UK. The bra has gone through testing for accuracy and put through a clinical trial test on 650 subjects. It’s not on the market yet, but it might arrive soon.
The company that is developing the bra, First Warning Systems, thinks that it could help remedy many issues with current screenings by detecting the tumors earlier and cutting down the number of false positives and negatives. The product may even be able to replace breast self-exams.
With breast cancer, early detection can be very important in terms of an overall prognosis. Also, finding the disease early can be helpful in terms of starting treatment before the cancer has a chance to spread. Find out more about breast cancer detection and diagnosis.
The details of how the bra works are a little confusing, but it has something to do with the science of “thermography,” where the bra can detect slight temperature changes that could signal the development of tumors. Watch this video to learn a little bit more about how the bra works.
The product could be on the market in Europe in 2013, but probably won’t be available in the U.S. until 2014. No word on how much this bra might cost. But if it truly works, then I think that would make the product priceless!