A New Way to Detect Breast Cancer

Not long before Mihir Shah was to be married in 2007, his soon-to-be mother-in-law got a diagnosis of breast cancer. She underwent chemotherapy and survived, wearing a wig to the wedding. But while the women in Mr. Shah’s family — in both India and the United States — were able to get breast cancer screening, it made him think of the millions who weren’t as fortunate.

More than 90 percent of women in the developing world don’t have access to early detection of breast cancer. One reason is that mammograms, the gold-standard screening technique, are rarely used because of their high cost and a lack of trained radiologists. India has one radiologist for every 100,000 people; the United States has 12.

Then there are logistical challenges like a lack of electricity and poor roads. Many people are not aware of cancer, and the disease still carries a stigma.

Read on – nyti.ms/2BT0ap3

4 thoughts on “A New Way to Detect Breast Cancer

  1. I can almost guarantee this invention will never be approved in the US. I don’t care what others think, I know cancer is a booming, profitable industry, and anything that jeopardizes Big Pharma’s and doctors’ profits will be shot down. Mammograms are virtually useless. Breast MRIs are degrading, take 60-90 minutes and cost a small fortune. There is thermal imaging available, but insurances refuse to pay for them. Yet, they rely on faulty mammograms, because they miss cancer and by the time it’s caught, it’s often too late for the patient. Where the medical industry is concerned, they will never give up their cash cow: cancer.

  2. Interesting post. I just made a post about my first time in OR during a mastectomy and seeing cancer for the first time. So great to be a part of the conversation and bring awareness.

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