- To assist women in diagnosing breast cancer at an early stage, POC Medical Systems Inc has unveiled a simple pre-screening test called MammoAlert.
- This technology, which involves blood sample testing to detect breast cancer, is affordable and gives quick and accurate results.
- MammoAlert detects if a woman is affected by breast cancer and intensity of it in real time
- State Health Minister Dr Deepak Sawant, who was present at the launch, said a pilot project on the technology will be started in Maharashtra.
- This rapid and portable breast cancer screening test is based on POC Medical Systems Inc’s Pandora CDx microfluidics-based platform.
Launch of MammoAlert
Along with Sawant, Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Prakash Mehta, Minister (Housing Department), Vidya Thakur, Mnister (Women and Child Development) and Sunil Oza, Sahaprabhari, Uttar Pradesh, were present for the global unveiling.
The blood-based test will be launched initially in India where established screening methods are not widely accessible to large populations of women. This test is first application of company’s platform.
What is Pandora CDx?
- It is a microfluidic platform for rapid, point-of-care serum screening.
- It is based on a unique, low cost disposable microfluidic disk.
- The platform is a very simple and easy-to-use system.
- This portable breast cancer screening test, which runs on Pandora CDx technology, uses a simple drop of blood to generate results in 15 minutes.
- It uses multiple cancer markers for high accuracy.
Commenting on the launch of MammoAlert, Fadnavis stressed on the taboo associated with breast cancer.
“Till now women had to go through the humiliation of exposing herself to get tested for breast cancer, which was one of the biggest deterrents in India apart from high cost. With MammoAlert, women can now get screened with the help of a simple blood test,” she said.
Indian women struggle to defeat breast cancer
While talking about the technology, Sawant said, “As per current statistics, over 1.5 lakh women are diagnosed with breast cancer in India and almost half – 70,000 deaths are reported every year. A woman succumbs to breast cancer every seven minutes in India. With this innovation, we can aspire to save so many precious lives. This technology brings cancer screening within the reach of common man, which already is a big goal for the government.”
“Health care is still low on priority and in major cities, screening is still an alien. POC has developed this technology to strengthen the healthcare system and enhance the disease fighting capabilities. MammoAlert is a screening tool which detects if a particular woman is affected by breast cancer and the intensity of it in real time,” said Sanjeev Saxena, Founder President and CEO, POC Medical Systems Inc.