A Nigerian man, Idris Dangana has invented an affordable cancer-detecting bra to help women in rural areas with early detection.
Dangana, 43 is a primary school teacher and a Kano native and the decided to help after a woman in the community (Burum Village, Kano) died of breast cancer.
Idris said the story of that woman reminded him of the pains his sister went through when she had breast cancer and this inspired him him to seek a solution.
Idris Dangana, a graduate of physics education, started researching on cancer and set up BCScan, an innovation of the DiceHub (DIHub).
He was also trying out different models and algorithms alongside doctors and others who collaborated on the project.
“We joined hands and talked on possible partnerships with a local NGO on breast cancer, we deepened our search about this deadly cancer by asking as many women in our network, including healthcare professionals. The feedback was scary,” he told Daily Trust of his project.
Their solution Idris came up with was a brassier, fitted with Artificial Intelligence, that could detect tumours that are as small as 2mm in diameter.
The wearable device would guarantee early detection especially targeted at women in rural areas with limited access to health care.
However, mass production of the device is a challenge. Not finding the capacity to mass-produce in Nigeria, Idris Dangana 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,” he said.
Idris explained that with his invention, women can be tested for as low as N1, 000 if the device is available at primary healthcare facilities and private hospitals nationwide. Those who want a personalized device would have to pay N15, 000 – N25, 000.
“It is evident that the gap is too wide between Africa and the rest of the world, particularly Nigeria and the northern region to be precise. Though we are still learning, I believe over time, the impact could be felt and will serve as a wakeup call to many to co-join and change the narratives.”
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