In case you didn't know, it's breast cancer awareness month.
What you may not know is that despite the efforts of many fine organizations, and some not-so-fine ones, thousands of women still die from breast cancer every year.
The big reason is because early detection is key, which is incredibly difficult for women younger than 40.
Enter biotech company First Warning Systems and their First Warning Bra, which has been proven to be a little over 90% effective in predicting the presence of breast cancer in women of all ages.
The bra works by using a series of heats sensors located with in the lining to collect data on skin temperature over a period of time. It then uploads the info to the Internet, where an algorithm looks for patterns in the recorded body heat to detect new blood vessels growing in support of a cancerous tumor that's too small to be detected by conventional means. The wearer can then look up the analysis on their computer or smartphone.
There's no word yet on when or where you'll be able to buy First Warning's bra, but initial reports put the cost at $1,000 – which doesn't seem that high a price considering you know that it detects cancer.
It's 2012 and you just read about a sports bra that detects breast cancer. Yep, we live in the future.
Video: First-Warning Bra
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