Many of us remain isolated from friends and family during this pandemic. So imagine how difficult it would be to find yourself newly diagnosed with breast cancer — and with no support system to help you through the crisis.
An organization called Girls Love Mail has a novel way of boosting women’s spirits. Since 2011, it’s enlisted thousands of empathetic people to send words of encouragement to strangers; about 167,000 letters have been mailed to date.
Want to share a little hand-written optimism? Visit girlslovemail.com in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.
There’s a fascinating article in October Vogue magazine about a new device that could change the way health care workers perform breast exams.
Imagine — something faster and more pleasant than squashing your boobs in a giant panini press!
iBreastExam is a handheld cancer screening tool about the size of a travel-sized clothing steamer. Using Cloud technology rather than radiation, the padded electronic sensor can detect abnormal lumps as small as five millimeters. And it only takes a few minutes to assess multiple quadrants in each breast and then store the info.
Already in use across developing countries where access to radiology and conventional mammograms is limited at best, iBreast Exam is now becoming available to primary care physicians and gynecologists in the U.S.
Despite some limitations — e.g., it’s unable to detect tiny amounts of calcium that may indicate precancerous cells — the tool’s sensitivity is equivalent to a mammogram. For women showing early warning signs, the standard (and proven) mammo would likely be the next step. But for women with healthy indicators, this might be all that’s needed.
Good news indeed for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.