May 18, 2016

Can a bra detect breast cancer? It's in the works

Researchers are testing the accuracy of the iTBra in detecting tumors

Don't feel like giving yourself a monthly breast exam? Soon, your bra may be able to do the work for you.

As CBSPhilly reports, a bra that can detect breast cancer is undergoing clinical trials at Ohio State University and Stanford University.

Known as the iTBra, it looks like a regular sports bra but holds sensors inside that can detect abnormal changes in temperature associated with a tumor.

The creator of the product, Cyrcadia Health, hopes to gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration by the fall. Around 500 people have tested the product, which was developed in partnership with Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.

It's important to note that the device does not replace a mammogram and is not 100 percent accurate. According to the Cyrcadia Health website, there is an 87 percent correlation between results from the bra and a verified diagnosis of breast cancer.

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