Aug. 10, 2007

Discovering Hands- how blind women can help with early breast cancer detection

In Germany, more specifically Duisburg, there's a new program called "discovering hands" where blind women are being taught in early detection of breast cancer.

There will be a new profession, called medical tactile examiners and those women will do exactly that: they'll do a thorough check up of females during their regular preventive examinations. Due to their very sharp senses, they'll feel even the smallest changes, so they actually see with their hands. This will help doctors and patients, because the sooner they find tumors, the smaller they are, and cancer patients that have tumors that are less than 1 cm are very probable to being cured. The chances of being cured in those cases are higher than 90%.

The first mte's will finish their training in 2009.

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