Family photo taken at the popular tourist destinations in Scotland, allowed a woman to find out she had breast cancer.
When 41-year-old Ball Jill took the photo in the Camera Obscura in Edinburgh (Camera Obscura and World of Illusions), she noticed something unusual: red, the hottest color on the right breast.
A few days later, when she reviewed the pictures from vacation, she decided to search in Google what it could mean. Jill found a few articles about breast cancer and thermal imaging cameras and made an appointment to the doctor, where he learned that she had breast cancer at an early stage. Since then she has had two surgeries, and she needs to do another to prevent the spread of cancer.
“I just wanted to say thank you: without that camera I wouldn’t know about it in time,” the woman said in a statement published on the website of the Camera Obscura.
Team tourist attraction, according to them, was amazed that Jill acted so quickly,
“We were very moved when she shared your story with us, – said the General Manager of the attraction Andrew Johnson. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope to see her again with family”.
Thermal imaging cameras, like those in a Camera Obscura, was used in medicine, but experts do not recommend them for screening of breast cancer.
“The problem with thermography is that not all types of breast cancer cause a thermal “signature”, and benign tumors in the breast, however, may show her, said Robert Smith, senior Vice President of screening at the American cancer society. A better option for diagnosis than mammography, yet.”