by Zuriñe Dopacio González

April 21, 2017

Breast Cancer : Taking Advantage Of Technology For Its Early Detection

According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide.  In recent years, there has been a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.

Early detection can also reduce the amount of time and type of treatment. Cyrcadia Health has developed sensors that you can place inside of any bra empowering women to enhance their monthly breast self-examination in the privacy of their home. They accomplish this by sensing the wearer’s temperature to study patterns in circadian cellular baselines.  The user can wear iTBra for 2 to 12 hours in the comfort of your home. If anything “weird” seems to be happening, Cyrcadia’s team will notify your doctor and you. 

Celesstia Health is another device that goes underneath women’s existing bras. The Celesstia wearable consists of 2 thin silicone inserts that come in a variety of sizes (A-DD) and available in clear or nude to be worn discreetly and super comfortable with all electronics embedded in the silicone. Celesstia uses AI to learn regular biometric patterns in the patient’s body and sends an alert if there is any unusual activity detected. Meaning that using Celesstia doesn’t expose the patient’s body to any radiation, or painful tests. The mission is to give women a way to keep tabs on their own health and be alerted to any changes that could be cancerous. If you want to learn more about the technology behind Celesstia, their CEO will be speaking at our upcoming WT | Wearable Technologies Conference 2017 USA, SF July 25-26. 

iSonoHealth is a patented 3D ultrasound technology coupled with their powerful machine learning algorithm allowing you to track any changes over time without any radiation at the convenience of your home. The ultrasound scanner gets attached to a wearable accessory; 2-3 mins a month is all that it takes for you to automatically scan your breasts.  The software compares images month to month and gives real-time feedback. With the app, you can control the device, get reminders and share images with a radiologist. The iSono solution empowers you with personalized data to detect breast cancer early when it’s treatable so you can live a full and healthy life.

All these devices are aimed to prevent and detect breast cancer at an early stage. In order to empower women to do regular check-ups and continuous monitoring, they need to be easy and comfortable and also to be able to do it from the comfort of your home.  Unlike once a year mammograms, with these devices, you can regularly track changes over time.