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Hospital pilot project: Visually-challenged women engaged to detect breast cancer

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A leading private hospital in has teamed up with for the Blind (NAB) to engage visually-challenged in early detection of by harnessing their pronounced tactile capabilities.

After undergoing training, two of these have joined the hospital as Medical Tactile Examiners (MTEs), as they are being called, as part of a pilot project.

Hospital at Vasant Kunj in association with of Blind India have launched 'Discovering hands' -- a unique breast screening technique for early detection of for across all ages.

'Discovering Hands' is a unique initiative from that trains visually impaired women, using their highly developed tactile sense to identify the minutest abnormalities in the breasts.

In a nine-month long training programme supported by Crop Science, visually-impaired women are trained to screen patients of all age groups and also detect These MTEs have helped to screen more than 100,000 women in Germany, and in this innovative programme," the Hospital said in a statement.

According to Mandeep S Malhotra, head, at the hospital, "A very recent study on breast cancer has suggested peak incidence in Delhi, between 40-50 years. Also, most of the women present to us in stage III."

Lives of almost 90 per cent of the patients from this can be saved if it is detected at an early stage, he said.

Screening Mammography is mainly applicable after the age of 40, moreover about 30 per cent of Indian women have dense breasts which are not idle for mammogram, he said.

Breast cancer is rising rapidly in the country and one of the major suffered by women.

All lumps or thickenings in the breast need medical attention to determine whether they are one of many benign lumps that can occur in the breast or are malignant.

Age, family history, genetics, dense breasts and race are the major risk factors for breast cancer. Lifestyle factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, an inactive lifestyle and lack of exercise might also contribute to breast cancer, the hospital said.

Early symptoms of breast cancer may include pain in breast, discharge, remarkable change in shape and size, rash, flaky or crusty nipple and dimpling of the skin, it said.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 00:50 IST