A smart bra device developed in Nigeria can detect breast cancer early, potentially saving African women long journeys to access screening services, says its inventor, robotics engineer Kemisola Bolarinwa. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in Sub-Saharan Africa, with 129,000 new cases diagnosed in 2020, and late diagnosis is a major factor in the poor survival rate. Her aunt died of breast cancer in 2017, and while visiting her, Bolarinwa saw women of all age groups in the ward. "That was when I felt I needed to contribute my part to fight the disease. She hopes the device, which has taken four years to develop, will be ready to market in July. It has been approved by Nigeria's Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, and the Communications Commission, she says.

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