Posts Tagged ‘breast cancer’

A bra can do miraculous things. They help secure the twins during an intense run, give you great cleavage and keep them perky instead of down near your waistline. The bra already does so many things for our busts, but can you imagine a bra that detects the early signs of breast cancer?

Lifeline Biotechnologies has developed a bra called “First Warning Systems” that will provide us with accurate screenings for abnormalities in our breast tissue. The bra would no longer require regular visits to the doctor office for mammograms due to its convenience and user-friendliness. The bra can be worn any time of the day, washed in a house-hold washing machine, and all information is sent through the sensors to a computer program that reads the information for you.

Even though technology has surprised us in many ways with its incredible developments, how can a bra detect something as complex as breast cancer? Well, the bra is lined with precise sensors, which measures the change of our cell temperature. This change in cell temperature is a result of blood vessel growth, which is scientifically linked to the development of cancerous tumors.

Thus far, the First Warning Systems has accurately detected tumors 92% of the time in a trial of over 700 women.

Although this product seems to be short of a miracle, Dr. Deanna J. Attai, spokeswoman for the American Society of Breast Surgeons, said, “The technology of the bra is promising but I’m a long way off from recommending it, we need a lot more comparison to other screening technologies, and we need to follow women over a much longer period of time to determine if this is actually a reliable test.”

Even if the bra is put on the market, getting your hands on it will cost either an arm or a leg. Lifeline Biotechnologies says that if the bra conducts more successful clinical trials and is approved for retail, we will be able to purchase the bra as early as 2014 and will be coughing up around $1,000.

That seems like an awful lot of dough for a bra made of cloth, but there is no price too high to help prevent the diagnosis of the number one killer among women today.

-Chelsey Perry

The reasons just keep on coming. Why we shouldn’t eat this or we shouldn’t do that. When it comes to drinks like red wine, it seems as though there are generally more reasons to have a glass a day than not as you get older.

However, a new study has shown that even red wine didn’t make the cut in terms of having a positive impact on women’s health. It is reported that even having “as few as three drinks a week” can cause women to have “an elevated risk of breast cancer.” Well, that sucks.

For the majority of us females, that means our time in college has, or is, increasing our risk of breast cancer. Part of me hopes that this is just another item to tack onto the list of potential causes of cancer or risks of cancer, but another part worries that I’ve helped sign my own fate.

We make jokes about how studies have found yet another thing in our lives could potentially lead to cancer, but how are we to know which are actually going to affect us. Just because it hasn’t happened yet, does that mean we can laugh it off?

Even with all of these studies, it doesn’t seem as though it is going to do much to change the general female population’s mind on having a few drinks every week, in moderation or not. It’s every woman for herself, but at least the information is out there. For me, this won’t change my personal views on drinking, but maybe it’ll be life-changing for someone else. Cheers to those women.

-Erin Elzo

If you’re sitting there scratching your head, wondering why I would choose to write about this topic, you clearly haven’t seen me. I stand at a whopping five-foot-one, so naturally, this information is completely interesting to me. A new study published in the Lancet Oncology suggests that the shorter a woman is, the less risk she has of having cancer. Thus, the taller the woman, the greater a chance of having cancer.

Now, there are obviously other risk factors, such as genetics and environment, etc., but height, according to this study, is also a key player. British researchers say that for every four inches of growth, a woman increases her risk by 16 percent. Specifically, the risk for developing breast cancer is increased by 17 percent, ovarian cancer 16 percent and cervical cancer by 19 percent.

-Julia Fuino