Former Nigerian Primary School Teacher Invents Breast Cancer-Detecting Bra To Save Rural Women
A former Nigerian primary school teacher, Idris Dangana from Kano was so touched by the death of a woman he knew from breast cancer that he decided to join the fight against the dreaded disease.
Dangana (below) quit his job as a teacher and started
learning software development before setting up BCScan, an innovation of the
DiceHub (DIHub), which is behind the cancer-detecting device he would later
come up with
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After trying out different models and algorithms alongside doctors who collaborated on the project their solution was a brassier, fitted with Artificial Intelligence, that could detect tumours that are as small as 2mm in diameter.
The wearable device guarantees early detection, and is especially targeted at women in rural areas with limited access to health care and the prohibitive cost of mammography.
However, mass production of the device has been a challenge for Dangana and he has decided to seek collaboration abroad.
“We out-sourced to India and China to get the materials that we will use for manufacturing the cancer-detecting device produced,” Dangana shared.
Keeping the cost of the device low is essential because
of the type of people, low-income earners in the rural areas he is trying to reach with it.
Though his idea is global, he is desirous of the immediate local impact. He insists that that the technological and innovation space gap is too wide between Africa and the rest of the world, particularly Nigeria and the northern region to be precise. If Dangana’s device is approved and is widely available, one can only imagine how many lives it could save.
It is fair to note that in May 2018 after his mother endured a double mastectomy, 18-year-old Julian Rios Cantu invented a bra capable of detecting signs of breast cancer.
Rios’ Mexico-based company, Higia Technologies, “auto exploration bra,” only has to be worn for an hour a week, contains 200 sensors that map the surface of the breast including texture, color, and temperature.
However the cost is astronomical for the average Nigerian and this means it is way out of reach for the rural woman unlike Dangana's version upon successful completion.
We wish him unparalleled success and the best of luck not just for him but for women in Nigeria and the World - period.
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