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The sports bra that detects breast cancer
A new high-tech undergarment could revolutionize the way we screen for tumors
 
The First Warning System bra monitors body temperature throughout the day, and can spot tiny changes associated with the creation of tumors.
The First Warning System bra monitors body temperature throughout the day, and can spot tiny changes associated with the creation of tumors.
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The video: Breast cancer affects as many as 1 in 8 women, and screening methods aren't nearly as effective as they could be. That's because mammograms, which hunt for tumors using high-tech imaging, are often ineffective for women under 40, due to their denser, more difficult to scan breast tissue. A new sports bra developed by First Warning Systems could change all of that — while also slashing the number of false positives that traditional mammograms serve up. The sports bra uses a sophisticated array of sensors to measure and monitor tiny changes in body temperature caused by blood vessel growth that's associated with the creation of tumors. (Watch a demonstration below.) In preliminary trials, the smart bra — which costs less than $1,000 — detected cancer up to six years before a tumor was even visible, giving doctors a better shot at treating the disease before it develops into something more deadly.

The reaction: What a godsend, says Deanna Pogoreic at MedCityNews. Hundreds of thousands of American women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer every year, and this "inconspicuous device" could catch tumors before women even see a doctor. "Welcome to the 21st century." It's true, says Andrew Liszewski at Gizmodo. "Cancer is easier to defeat the earlier it's detected," and getting super-frequent mammograms when you're young isn't just impractical, it's prohibitively expensive. The First Warning System bra "has the potential to revolutionize screenings" forever. Take a look:  

 

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