BreastLight

Has anyone bought one of these? They are like a large hand held torch which you use with a gel in a darkened room and it shows up the insides of your breasts, all the veins etc and also any bits with dark shadows which could be cysts or tumours etc. Developed by an oncologist I understand. I’ve looked at their website but just wondered if anyone had got one.

sounds good going to look at the website now

can’t find anything about the breast lights but there were lots of articles saying sleeping with the light on and artifical lights contribute to breast cancer… what next!!!

Hello,
I wanted to come in here and give you some information about the breast light. Currently, there is no proof or sufficient clinical evidence that the Breastlight product results in earlier detection of breast cancer, increases survival or is any more helpful than the normal practice of being breast aware.

At Breast Cancer Care we speak to people with breast cancer and breast cancer concerns every day and we know that self check devices may only serve to worry people, often unnecessarily.

Breast Cancer Care advocates being breast aware alongside the Department of Health, Royal College of Nursing, other UK breast cancer charities and other UK health bodies.

As you know the breast awareness five point code encourages women to know what is normal for them and to report any changes, not just lumps, to their GPs.

If you have any personal concerns about your health, please do see your GP or if yu just want to talk things through with someone please do call our freephone hlpline on 0808 800 6000

BW’s
Tara
Clinical Nurse Specialist

I think you are right to highlight this Tara. I have a relative who is a terrible hypochondriac and last year she was talking about going to a private holistic clinic in London who do breast thermal imaging - this is supposed to highlight hot spots and tell you whether you are likely to develop BC in the future. We have another relative who is an oncologist in the field of radiotherapy and he was not very pleased when he heard about this.

I was talking to one of my oncologists a couple of weeks ago at my discharge appointment; I hadn’t had a consultation with lady before and was telling her I had practised breast examination since my 20s. She was very, very pleased to hear that as I found my own lump and she told me you would not believe the amount of ladies who don’t examine, especially the younger ones. In my case, I worked in a foreign bank that sent us for health screening every year - the company Dr showed us all what to do (the men were taught testicular examination) and it has been something I have always kept up with. No one was more surprised than me to find that lump.

I sincerely hope it’s being trialled rather than just dismissed though. That’s one of things that has upset me most since my diagnosis… the number of times I’ve been told “we have no clinical data so don’t recommend it”. What I would *love* to hear is… “Trials are being run we should be able to give a more definitive answer in the future”, but I only ever hear that about drugs :frowning:

I so agree Vertangie, there seems to be a real unwillingness for many health professionals in this country to look at alternative treatments and medicines, many of which are being used routinely in Europe especially in Germany and Switzerland. Why are these things having to be researched by patients and not the medical profession? Are they just so busy that they don’t investigate what goes on elsewhere?

I think Tara’s advice is absolutely right and sound.

All treatments, diagnostic tools etc whether labelled ‘alternative’ or not should be subjected to the same kind of rigorous scientific testing.

Jane

I think there’s something to be said for both points of view here.

I think, as Jane says, we have to accept that there will always be unscrupulous, or perhaps just misguided, individuals with unproven treatments (be they drugs, devices, techniques) and that some kind of monitoring/assessment procedure must be applied, and contstantly updated, to protect people from potentially wasting their money and suffering physical harm.

But, and it’s a fairly big but, I do feel there could be more flexibility and openess from the medical side. I agree with redders; there seems to be a bit of subconscious (and I stress the word subconscious) xenophobia at work - the ‘it’s foreign, how can we trust it?’ attitude towards anything new. As I understand things, the NHS will not adopt anything new in the way of devices until it has been trialled by them. All well and good you may say, if it has never been investigated before - I wholeheartedly agree. But when a device has been tested, trialled, and indeed routinely used for years in another country with equivalent, or better, healthcare standards than the UK’s, I ask myself if this is a good use of limited resources.

I think I’m right in saying that most medical research is published in English, so as you suggest Vertangie, British medics should have no difficulty, indeed an advantage, as far as keeping themselves up-to-date with what is happening elsewhere in the world.

S