Device to detect breast cancer at home wins UK Dyson prize

ByLance T. Lee

Sep 13, 2022

A tool to help detect breast cancer has won Britain’s prestigious James Dyson Prize.

The Dotplot aims to help women self-monitor at home and track any changes they may find on an app.

Breast cancer is currently the second leading cause of cancer death in the UK, yet many women do not have regular self-examinations.

Medical professionals have hailed the invention, but caution that it should not be seen as a substitute for a trip to the doctor.

Device users create a personalized map of their torso by inputting their chest size and shape and pressing the handheld tool to their chest. Sound waves are used monthly to record tissue compression, and if there are any suspicious changes or abnormalities, users are advised to consult a medical professional.

Oncologist Dr Frankie Jackson-Spence said of the invention: “Obviously it’s in the early stages of development, so it has to go through medical regulatory device checks to make sure that it is really adequate to detect breast cancers.

“It’s not a substitute for going to your doctor – it doesn’t diagnose anything.”

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