A cancer-detecting bra is about to hit the market that could help save women’s lives by detecting breast cancer in its early stages.
“They needed us to wear this up-and-coming device that was going to be used to detect breast cancer,” Nedra Lindsay, who agreed to the clinical trial over 20 years ago, CBS New York reports. “I never thought it would be any use to me because I was so young.”
The device showed that she had breast cancer. She had a mastectomy and is now cancer free, she told CBS.
Women who have not yet had a mammogram would likely not become aware of any cancerous mass until their first screening. Developers of the technology said the bra could pick up the abnormality early.
“Because the system is non-invasive, it’s non-compressive, because it’s non-radiative, it is very safe to use on a routine basis,” breast cancer surgeon Dr. Margaret Chen told CBS.
CBS reports that the cancer bra, named the First Warning System, will cost consumers around $200, and developers expect approval by the Food and Drug Administration in about a year.