Breast cancer is very regularly faced by women across the world. If we go with statistical reports, breast cancer is fast incipient as one of the leading public health risks for women in India.
Well, to get early detection of this deadly disease, a Kerala scientist and her team have come up with a bra that can detect breast cancer.
A six-member team, supervised by Dr. A Seema of the Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET) from Thrissur has urbanized a bra with entrenched sensors that holds the skin temperature and also creates thermal imaging to detect cancerous cells.
On March 8, International Women's Day, Dr. Seema was awarded the highest civilian honor for women - Nari Shakti Puraskar - by President Ram Nath Kovind for her innovations.
In an interview with a leading media house, Dr. Seema explained about this new innovation and how it took place. She said, “The idea took root when the director of the Malabar Cancer Centre (Kannur) visited us sometime in 2014. They’ve been our medical partners in this project. They broached the idea of working out ways of breast cancer detection on a community scale. The mammogram was the golden standard but the provision wasn’t available in even Primary Health Centers across the country. What they had in mind was a portable device that could be implemented at a community level. This propelled us to conceptualize a wearable device for detection through thermal imaging.”
Breast cancer is possibly life-threatening if not detected and canned early. Such devices are a great step towards fighting against this deadly disease.