Self-examination is key to catching breast cancer in early stages

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It is recommended that women look out for changes in their breasts and that women should know how their breasts look and feel. This can allow them to recognise any changes. Most women know to check for breast lumps that are out of the ordinary but there are other changes to look out for. These include a change in size or shape of your breasts, a change in the skin such as dimpling or puckering, any changes in a nipple or discharge, persistent pain and lumpy areas or thickening of tissues.

While monthly self-examination, an annual Mammogram of the breasts and a Breast MRI are most common means to check for early signs of breast cancer, if you have a history of breast cancer in the family or are a high risk individual due to your lifestyle, getting home a self examination tool like Breast-i and iBreastExam are radiation-free easy-to-use solutions to put an end to your worries. A challenge of a global scale, no doubt, breast cancer often goes undetected for a long time, until it's too late. These tools make self-examination a non-invasive process that also eliminates the exasperating process of scheduling appointments with your doc.

Breast-i
Breast-i uses patented light technology which is adapted for use in a non-diagnostic breast examination. Developed and approved by experienced scientists in the UK, Breast-i is a powerful tool in giving an early edge in the ability to monitor blood vessels, identify abnormal tissues and spot potential tumours and/or lesions. It utilises state-of-the-art light emitting diodes, helping you to keep an eye on your breasts and spot changes. This robust, health & well-being product can be used for simple screening by a GP in a surgery or for self-examination at home. The BREAST-i is CE certified and female trials of the product have successfully identified cases of breast cancer, which would likely not have shown up with traditional hand screening.

iBreastExam
Invented at Drexel University, Philadelphia, iBreastExam's sensors accurately assess and identify tissue elasticity differences between hard and stiff breast tumors versus normal breast tissue. The patented tactile sensor technology using Piezoelectric Sensor Array was invented by the scientists and doctors at Drexel University. It is a novel, quantitative and low-cost elastic modulus (E) sensor that can measure tissue compression and stiffness by top down touching of the skin surface. iBreastExam's ability to apply a gentle force and measure the subtle displacements electrically, all within the sensor, makes for an ideal "electronic palpation" sensor for in-vivo breast imaging.

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