From NASA To Jerusalem: Israeli Scientist Develops Handheld Monitor To Detect Early Breast Cancer
October 16, 2018
“This article was re-published with permission from NoCamels.com – Israeli Innovation News.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and represents about 12 percent of all new cancer cases worldwide, according to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In a report this year by the World Cancer Research Fund, there have been two million cases of breast cancer worldwide so far in 2018.
Early detection of breast cancer greatly increases the chances of successful treatment, and offers the best shot for recovery and survival, according to medical authorities. Regular screenings are an important component of early diagnosis, but screening tools such as mammograms – x-rays of the breast – can be painful, may produce false positive or false negative results, may fail to pick up small tumors in dense breast tissue, and are only recommended annually or biannually to women over 40 years of age.
Mammography screenings, according to the American Cancer Society, do not detect about one in five breast cancers, and other methods can be too invasive, dangerous, or expensive.
Dr. Yehudit Abrams, a former scientist at NASA now living in Jerusalem, came up with an idea for a revolutionary new device that will allow women to test for tumors and other changes in their breast in the comfort of their own homes.
The handheld device, called MonitHer, is set to bring new hope to cancer monitoring and takes the guesswork and uncertainty out of manual self-examinations that check for abnormalities and changes in the breast. It may well put women and men on a path toward regular, safe, reliable tracking of their breast health.
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