We've officially entered the future for early breast cancer detection.
The Breast Tissue Screening Bra, developed by First Warning Systems, is designed to monitor early breast tissue abnormalities before a mammogram.
Our normal body temperature fluctuates throughout the day and varies in individuals depending on hormones, age and fitness levels, according to First Warnings Sign's introductory video. For this reason, the company designed a bra that would be able to detect any temperatures changes in our breast tissue that could result in an abnormality. This data can then be stored on your computer and creates an overall update for your health.
This year alone, it is estimated that 22,700 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 5,100 will die from it, according to The Canadian Cancer Society. On average, 62 Canadian women are diagnosed with breast cancer every day.
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Mammograms are often recommended for women over 40 at least once every one to two years, according to the National Cancer Institute. The institute also recommends women who have a history of breast cancer in their family to get check-ups before 40. In Canada, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care says clinical breast exams, mammograms and MRIs are not needed for most women between the ages of 40 and 49, according to the CBC. The task force added there was potential harm from over-diagnosis and unnecessary biopsy for women of a younger age.
After three clinical trials with 650 women, First Warning Systems found a 90 per cent or higher level of accuracy when it came to detecting tissue abnormalities. The trial run was able to detect the presence of tumours six years before traditional imaging systems, according to Psfk.com.
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Green tea is rich in the polyphenol EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), which has been shown to slow the spread of breast cancer cells, according to breastcancer.org.
Cruciferous vegetables, but broccoli in particular, make for anti-cancer powerhouses thanks in part to a compound called sulforaphane that actually helps the body fight the spread of tumors. Recent research revealed the underlying reason: sulforaphane may inhibit an enzyme, called an HDAC, that works to suppress the body's tumor fighting ability, as we've previously reported. And sprouts are even more potent: three-day old broccoli sprouts have 20 to 50 times the sulforaphanes as mature broccoli, according to Johns Hopkins research. For more about the cancer fighting properties of all cruciferous vegetables, check HuffPost blogger Dr. Joel Fuhrman's analysis of cabbage, brussels sprouts, bok choy and more.
Garlic is considered a cancer-fighting food for several forms of the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute. One French study found that women who regularly ate garlic had a significantly reduced risk of breast cancer. Garlic's mild cousin, onions also had a protective effect, according to the study.
Pomegranates are known for their anti-cancer properties, thanks to a richness in anti-inflammatory antioxidants, polyphenols. But they may offer a specific benefit against breast cancer: research shows that a phytochemical found in abundance in pomegranates, called ellagitannins, interfere in the production of aromatase, an enzyme that, as HuffPost blogger Dr. Nalini Chilkov explained, "increases hormone production in breast tissue." That's important because breast cancer is hormone-dependent, meaning that it feeds off of hormones like estrogen to grow and spread. "Hormone dependent cancers such as breast cancer are commonly treated with aromatase inhibitors, which block this enzyme," wrote Chilkov.
Although preliminary, research in mice has found that including walnuts in a healthful diet throughout the entire lifespan reduced the risk of developing breast cancer by half.
Curcumin, the compound in turmeric, may play a role in blocking the expression of a molecule called RANKL, which is found in the most deadly and aggressive breast cancer tumor cells.
Berries have several powerful antioxidants, primarily anthocyanins and ellagic acid, which have been shown in cell culture studies to reduce free radical damage to healthy cells, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. In separate research, they were shown to slow the growth and shorten the lifespan of breast cancer (as well as mouth, colon and prostate cancer) cells.
Most research regarding flax's anti-cancer properties has been done in mice or in-vitro cell cultures, but what it shows could be profound: in one study, according to the American Cancer Society, the lignans found in flax slowed the movement and "stickiness" of breast cancer cells, causing it to spread more slowly in a cell culture simulation.
Tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant lycopene, which is thought to slow breast cancer cell growth.