Breast palpation - Blind women detect breast cancer | copyright Ashoka
Discovering hands uses the special skills of visually impaired women to make a difference in the early detection of breast cancer. Blind women are trained with a standardised diagnostic method and are then based at physicians’ offices. There they examine women for irregularities in the breast, aiming to identify any potential nodes as early as possible.
This approach makes a real difference in the early detection of breast cancer as it: 1) makes use of visually impaired persons’ special cognitive skills and 2) includes a 30-minute examination of the breast (whereas the physician typically spends only a few minutes on examining the breast).
Parallel to this, discovering hands provides a meaningful and important employment opportunity for visually impaired women, creating a real “win-win” situation for breast cancer patients and blind women.