Rumor: A bra that detects cancer?

New bra is purported to detect disease early, but mammograms remain the standard medical advice

UNCONFIRMED:  New bra is purported to detect breast cancer early

Nedra Lindsay learned she had breast cancer the simple way -- by putting on a bra. Taking part in a medical trial at age 25, she put on what looks like a sports bra that contains sensors purported to detect heat changes in the body suggesting that cancer is present. She was stunned at the news.  “The device showed proof positive that I had breast cancer,” Lindsay told CBS New York.

A new bra by First Warning Systems is purported to try to catch cancer at its earliest stages by wearing it for just 12 hours. But CNN.com reports that it's not clear what doctors can do at such an early point if cancer is found since surgery can’t be performed until tumors grow big enough.

The quest for a “smart bra”

The bra isn’t found in stores, but women can get one through their doctors, NewJerseyNewsroom.com reports. It’s been a long time coming: Several researchers around the world over the last couple of decades have been working to develop a “smart bra” that detects changes in breast tissue, as the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported in 2007. Some breast cancer experts at the time warned such heat-seeking devices “have not been tested enough to recommend their use.”

Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 remain the current medical standard advice. Mammograms and some other preventive services for women now are covered at no additional cost under some health plans, as required by the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.

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