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Device will encourage more breast examinations

Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer (after lung cancer), and kills over half a million people worldwide annually.

While medical diagnostic technology has advanced rapidly over the last few decades, over 80% of breast cancer cases are first discovered by a woman or her partner, typically by finding an abnormal lump that feels different from the surrounding breast tissue. This must be followed up by a mammogram in order to objectively confirm the diagnosis and begin treatment. As most cancer types, the earlier the cancer is detected, the higher the chances of a successful recovery.

A new device has been invented by Dr. David Watmough could help millions of women avoid debilitating mastectomies, chemotherapy, or even death. The Breastlight works by shining powerful red LEDs through the breast, allowing women and their partners to see what is normal for their breasts and identify changes over time. They will be able to see veins and other blood vessels as dark lines in their breasts. Regular inspections could reveal dark spots, a possible signal of the growth of new blood vessels which feed cancerous tumors.

The Breastlight has already helped at least one woman during trial. Dorothy McCormick, a former nurse, was one of the first women to try the device. The 57-year-old grandmother had initially gone to her doctor due to pain in her left breast. The doctor diagnosed it as mastitis, or inflammation of the breast tissue. Antibiotics were prescribed to her, but the pain persisted. She heard through a friend of the trials for the Breastlight and decided to try it out.

"In my left breast it showed up small dark areas which suggested there could be new blood vessels growing," stated McCormick. She returned to her doctor and insisted on a mammogram and biopsy, which confirmed she had a 2cm tumor.  Another patient was reportedly able to see her tumor receding as she went through treatment.

Development of the Breastlight was funded by a £2million (~$3 million USD) investment by PWB Health, a British firm. The company states that the Breastlight is intended to be used as part of an ongoing breast awareness routine, and aims to help women become more familiar with how their breasts look and feel. It is not intended to replace a clinical breast examination or mammogram, but instead serve as a "valuable personal aid that supports and encourages women to be breast aware".

The Breastlight has been used by women in the United Kingdom since November 2008. 
The company claims that results have been extremely favorable with women that have large or lumpy breasts who find self-examinations of their breasts difficult. Most have found that the device is easy to use and has become a part of their regular breast awareness routine. It gives them more confidence when they are checking their breasts, since many are unsure whether to report any lumps that they may find.

A study of 1,087 women conducted in July 2008 and commissioned by PWB Health assessed how the Breastlight was being used by women and how it affected their attitude to breast awareness and breast screening. Approximately 80% of those women reported that they were more confident in their breast self-examinations after using the Breastlight. Of the 1,087 women, 14 (1.3 per cent) consulted a doctor because they were concerned by the outcome of their breast self-examination. Of that number, three had follow-up mammograms, one of whom was McCormick.

The Breastlight has recently gone on sale in Canada at Rexall Pharmacies for $150 CAD. Sales in the US are currently in the negotiation stage.



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3 million?
By Daphault on 6/11/2009 8:47:17 AM , Rating: 2
3 million bucks to create a flashlight? I would have done it for them for a mere 1.5.




RE: 3 million?
By FITCamaro on 6/11/09, Rating: -1
RE: 3 million?
By FishTankX on 6/11/2009 8:53:08 AM , Rating: 5
Like that 57 year old grandma?


RE: 3 million?
By FITCamaro on 6/11/2009 8:59:42 AM , Rating: 4
Hey there's some ladies in their 50s who still look damn good. And they're not all grandmas. My mom is 57.


RE: 3 million?
By FishTankX on 6/11/2009 9:06:47 AM , Rating: 3
Indeed. Like Helen Mirren. A quick search on google images of her in a bikini will lead to the rapid realization that women can still look stunning past retirement.


RE: 3 million?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/11/2009 9:05:43 AM , Rating: 3
Helen Mirren is in her 60s I think, and she's got a rockin' body too. Have you see that recent bikini shot of her?

And we can't forget Susan Sarandon (she's still bat&$^# crazy though) and Sally Field


RE: 3 million?
By Lord 666 on 6/11/2009 10:00:10 AM , Rating: 2
Sally Field? Jaime Lee Curtis


RE: 3 million?
By Chocobollz on 6/11/2009 11:03:57 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
got a rockin' body


Talking about rockin body, I don't want Helen Mirren, I want Kate Beckinsale! ^ ^


RE: 3 million?
By mattclary on 6/11/2009 12:41:40 PM , Rating: 2
Let's not forget Raquel Welch. She is pushing 70 (born in '40) and is still hot as she can be.


RE: 3 million?
By iamezza on 6/11/2009 3:27:12 PM , Rating: 2
the red head from CSI, Marg Helgenberger is 50 - still has a great body


RE: 3 million?
By acase on 6/11/2009 9:14:26 AM , Rating: 5
Wow , you just set yourself up pretty bad...but I'll pass on this one.


RE: 3 million?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/11/2009 9:14:32 AM , Rating: 5
"Cause I’m a motherlover
You’re a motherlover
We should..."


RE: 3 million?
By FITCamaro on 6/11/2009 1:54:12 PM , Rating: 2
That was an awesome video.


RE: 3 million?
By jconan on 6/11/2009 9:21:24 PM , Rating: 2
then are u one those fans of the TVLAND show "She's Got the Look" of mature women 35+?


RE: 3 million?
By FITCamaro on 6/11/2009 1:54:36 PM , Rating: 2
I'm secure enough to not care.


RE: 3 million?
By mattclary on 6/11/2009 12:37:52 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
My mom is 57


Is she hot?

;)


RE: 3 million?
By PrezWeezy on 6/11/2009 3:57:07 PM , Rating: 2
Ron White:
"Once you've seen one woman naked...you wanna see the rest of 'em naked!"


RE: 3 million?
By ThePooBurner on 6/11/2009 12:20:22 PM , Rating: 2
That include your mom?


RE: 3 million?
By ThePooBurner on 6/11/2009 12:21:51 PM , Rating: 2
How about your Sisters?


RE: 3 million?
By ThePooBurner on 6/11/2009 2:46:00 PM , Rating: 2
If not can the rest of us volunteer for your sisters?


Neat, but expensive
By Spivonious on 6/11/2009 8:52:40 AM , Rating: 2
Great idea, as this should increase early detections, but isn't $150 a little much for what is basically a flashlight?




RE: Neat, but expensive
By FITCamaro on 6/11/2009 9:00:17 AM , Rating: 2
Volume dude. Volume.


RE: Neat, but expensive
By Daphault on 6/11/2009 9:03:46 AM , Rating: 2
They should sell a "right" one and a "left" one, to drive volume up. Hmmm... maybe a "center" one for those Total Recall occasions.


RE: Neat, but expensive
By FITCamaro on 6/11/2009 1:56:30 PM , Rating: 2
There are chicks with 3 tits. I saw a video of one girl with 3 beautiful DDs.

My question there though is how do you motorboat?


RE: Neat, but expensive
By bhieb on 6/11/2009 10:07:04 AM , Rating: 2
And what is with the display. What possible useful information could that display, battery life maybe, but come on IT IS A FLASHLIGHT.


RE: Neat, but expensive
By mindless1 on 6/14/2009 5:20:58 PM , Rating: 2
The funny thing is, it isn't even a very good flashlight, is going to be about as effective as the junky ones you get for $10 online, but with cheaper red LEDs instead of white.


RE: Neat, but expensive
By mattclary on 6/11/2009 12:40:10 PM , Rating: 3
I think it's called a "fleshlight".


RE: Neat, but expensive
By AlexandertheBlue on 6/11/2009 7:07:45 PM , Rating: 3
No that is for an ENTIRELY different market


Described?
By acase on 6/11/2009 9:07:34 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
Antibiotics were described to her, but the pain persisted.


Yah...usually when my doctor describes medicine to me it doesn't seem to help me much either.




RE: Described?
By SandmanWN on 6/11/2009 9:15:44 AM , Rating: 2
Damn, beat me to it. Guess that's what I get for checking out the tit shot.


RE: Described?
By acase on 6/11/2009 9:53:17 AM , Rating: 2
Yah, I did that after my comment. Was trying to decide if it was safe for work...


RE: Described?
By Farfignewton on 6/11/2009 9:50:40 AM , Rating: 2
You need a new doctor then. Telling you it's a small blue pill does not help, they need to describe the effects. ;)


RE: Described?
By inperfectdarkness on 6/11/2009 11:17:27 AM , Rating: 2
even if it was perscribed, antibiotics aren't pain-killers.

the military doesn't perscribe antibiotics; it hands out vitamin-M.


RE: Described?
By inperfectdarkness on 6/11/2009 11:18:57 AM , Rating: 2
just to be clear...that's MOTRIN...not folic acid.


RE: Described?
By mattclary on 6/11/2009 12:38:55 PM , Rating: 2
"prescribe"


Testicle light? :o
By brightstar on 6/14/2009 10:38:58 AM , Rating: 3
Seeing that gobs more men die from Testicle cancer a year than women from breast cancer, I really don't know why all the focus Is always on breast cancer. Hell, I like tits as much as the next guy, but our tit fondling days will end quickly If you get nut cancer.




RE: Testicle light? :o
By shortylickens on 6/15/2009 6:04:01 AM , Rating: 2
Its been a female-centric world ever since the feminazi's of the 70's came along. It doesnt matter what the problem is, the womans issue is always more important.
I dont particularily mind it considering I have already lost a cousin and a close friend to breast cancer. Dont know anybody who's died from testicular cancer. So right now I focus on this.


Sexiest....
By Regs on 6/11/2009 1:34:11 PM , Rating: 2
What about one for my testies? I heard testicular cancer is very common at my age, and I want to make sure my "partner" knows what she's doing and knows what to check.




RE: Sexiest....
By Russell on 6/15/2009 10:27:00 PM , Rating: 2
I see no reason you couldn't use this on your balls.


Not exactly new
By Jimbo1234 on 6/11/2009 1:46:31 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
A new device has been invented by Dr. David Watmough


Ummm... sorry, but that is incorrect. Opie and Anthony had the "boob-o-lantern" around 2001-2002 or even earlier.




well that will never work
By SandmanWN on 6/11/2009 9:11:41 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
Antibiotics were described to her, but the pain persisted.

I often find simply describing the antibiotic does wonders to cure my ails.




RE: well that will never work
By jconan on 6/12/2009 2:44:23 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder what kind of antibiotics was prescribed. Antibiotics is not the panacea and is used improperly in most cases.


My competing product
By GWD5318 on 6/11/2009 11:31:22 AM , Rating: 3
I'd like to submit my own personal invention to help combat breast cancer and to promote healthy breasts everywhere: The Phalanges-Scope 2009 (tm).

Ten highly sensitive receptor probes and examine both the size, shape and texture of the subject's breasts. These probes are weather-proof, water-proof and guaranteed never to pinch or cause discomfort (unless requested!).

All this can be had by any woman (that fit predetermined parameters)for the low, low price of a twelve pack of Guinness or a phone number.




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