Smart Tattoos: Catching Cancer in its Early Stages
A beautiful tattoo is pleasing to the eye, but now it has another function, and it’s the possible future of medicine.
The Swiss have created a bio-tattoo that only becomes visible when you have elevated levels of calcium.
So what does calcium have to do with it?
When different types of tumors develop, calcium levels in the blood rise, and in tracking this symptom you can detect four types of cancer – prostate, colon, lung, and breast cancer.
For example, in the latter case, 98% can be cured if caught in time.
The smart tattoo doesn’t look like a flower or another typical tattoo, but more like a mole. But “tattoo”, of course, is kind of a metaphor. These are shrewdly designed cells that contain a receptor sensitive to calcium. These cells are then placed inside an implant and inserted under the skin.
If the level of calcium in the blood exceeds normal, then a signal is sent to the implanted cells to produce melanin, and this appears on the skin as a “mole”. Ingenious, right?
This is serious, though – this must be investigated further, and quickly.
The spot isn’t stigmata or a sign of imminent death, but cause for concern.
Nowadays, people go to the doctor after a tumor has already appeared, and that’s the way it’ll be until the smart tattoo goes into practice. So far, it’s been tested on our smaller brethren – pigs and mice. But surely you’ll agree that the solution is an elegant one, and that even the most luxurious tattoos pale in comparison.