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Hope for breast cancer detection with discovering hands

Hope for breast cancer detection with discovering hands

(Programme concluded and no longer supported by the Trafigura Foundation)

pretac+’s, the swiss pilot project, implements "discovering hands" methodology for an early breast cancer detection, making breast screening more accessible to the female population. pretac+’s innovative model leverages the highly developed sense of touch of visually impaired women, who are able to detect three times more abnormalities than gynecologists, to boosts chances of survival for breast cancer patients.

pretac+’s examinations are carried about by specially trained visually impaired women, who are taught by medical staff how to screen for abnormalities that need further testing. The initiative has been delivering
specialist training to two women through the ‘discovering hands’ method. One of the candidates, Suzanne,
says “I feel a lot of joy in learning something new, but more importantly a lot of pride in bringing a better life to many women."

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