App finds breast cancer – level 3

06-03-2024 15:00

Two women recently graduated from the Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art; they designed a portable handheld device that helps women self-check for breast cancer.

They developed the device in response to the confusing and conflicting existing advice to women on how to self-check.

The device, Dotplot, aims to help women self-check at home and track any abnormalities. Dotplot is easy to use. A woman presses it against her torso, and sound waves read a certain area. Then she repeats for other areas until she covers all of her breasts.

When the device is done, an app sends a report of the health of the breasts. The report compares to previous months to highlight any changes that developed within the breast.

In 2021, breast cancer overtook lung cancer as the most common form of cancer. According to the WHO, it accounts for nearly 12% of new cases each year worldwide.

Difficult words: conflicting (not able to happen together), abnormality (something that’s not normal or expected), torso (the middle of the human body without the head, neck, arms, and legs).

You can watch the video lower on this page.

What inspired the two women to design and create the Dotplot device?


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