Blind women trained for early breast cancer detection

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Breast cancer treatment is more effective with early detection, but this can often be missed by time-poor doctors. In Germany, discovering hands is harboring the high tactile sensitivity of visually impaired women to aid in breast cancer detection. Through discovering hands, visually impaired women receive standardized Clinical Breast Examiner training to develop detection and communication skills necessary for the intimate screening. Pilot studies indicate that discovering hands employees perform better than trained doctors at detecting small, early-stage tumors. Peer-reviewed trials are also underway. Currently only operating in Germany, where public and private healthcare schemes have made the project free for…

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