A thermal camera at a tourist attraction in Edinburgh, Scotland may have helped save a 41-year-old woman’s life recently by spotting her breast cancer before it had been diagnosed.
Bal Gill, from Slough in Berkshire, was on holiday in Edinburgh with her family in May this year when she visited the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions museum. One of the exhibitions contained a thermal imaging camera room, but when Bal stood in front of the heat-detecting camera she noticed something unusual.
There was “a red heat patch coming from her left breast,” the museum explained on their Instagram page. In a letter, Bal explained, “We thought it was odd and having looked at everyone else they didn’t have the same. I took a picture and we carried on and enjoyed the rest of the museum.”
When she returned home a few days later, Bal remembered the unusual thermal image and looked into it. Discovering that some oncologists use thermal imaging cameras to detect cancer in the early stages, she decided to make an appointment with her doctor to check it out. Unbelievably, Bal was diagnosed with breast cancer.
I just wanted to say thank you: without that camera, I would never have known. I know it’s not the intention of the camera but for me, it really was a life-changing visit. I cannot tell you enough about how my visit to the Camera Obscura changed my life.”
Of course, this was sheer luck. Since it’s October and October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an international campaign to increase the awareness of breast cancer in women, you should go to a gynecologist and get a mammogram.
Don’t forget: for women around the age of 40-50, it’s recommended to get mammograms at least every year.