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The use of sensory perception of blind and visually impaired masseurs for the purpose of early-stage breast cancer screening by palpation (the “Breast-POL” project)

Lidia Rakow, Zbigniew Lewandowski, Ewa Romejko-Wolniewicz, Małgorzata Pękala, Józef Piotr Knap
DOI: 10.5603/NJO.2016.0082
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Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2016;66(6):457-462.

open access

Vol 66, No 6 (2016)
Original articles
Published online: 2017-06-12

Abstract

Introduction. Methodological assumptions as well as the initial stage of the execution of the project entitled “Breast-POL” — the use of sensory perception of blind and visually impaired masseurs for the purpose of breast cancer screening by palpation were presented.

Materials and methods. A list of incentives to conduct this methodologically adequate study includes: 1. Encouraging and widely disseminated German reports (these reports, however, were of high generality and they did not provide the adequate methodology); 2. Theoretical data on the hypercompensation of other senses than vision in the blind; 3. Preliminary information on the involvement of the blind in breast cancer screening by palpation in developing countries.

Results. Compared to people with normal vision, a statistically significant higher sensitivity (63.0 vs 47.5%) and lower specificity (89.6 vs 93.7%) in the detection of pathological lesions, using a phantom, was reported in the blind.

Conclusion. Our study confirms that the detection of pathological breast lesions by the blind is highly effective, however, the ability to exclude such lesions was not of clinical significance.

Abstract

Introduction. Methodological assumptions as well as the initial stage of the execution of the project entitled “Breast-POL” — the use of sensory perception of blind and visually impaired masseurs for the purpose of breast cancer screening by palpation were presented.

Materials and methods. A list of incentives to conduct this methodologically adequate study includes: 1. Encouraging and widely disseminated German reports (these reports, however, were of high generality and they did not provide the adequate methodology); 2. Theoretical data on the hypercompensation of other senses than vision in the blind; 3. Preliminary information on the involvement of the blind in breast cancer screening by palpation in developing countries.

Results. Compared to people with normal vision, a statistically significant higher sensitivity (63.0 vs 47.5%) and lower specificity (89.6 vs 93.7%) in the detection of pathological lesions, using a phantom, was reported in the blind.

Conclusion. Our study confirms that the detection of pathological breast lesions by the blind is highly effective, however, the ability to exclude such lesions was not of clinical significance.

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Keywords

breast cancer, screening, prevention, palpation, blind people

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Title

The use of sensory perception of blind and visually impaired masseurs for the purpose of early-stage breast cancer screening by palpation (the “Breast-POL” project)

Journal

Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology

Issue

Vol 66, No 6 (2016)

Pages

457-462

Published online

2017-06-12

DOI

10.5603/NJO.2016.0082

Bibliographic record

Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2016;66(6):457-462.

Keywords

breast cancer
screening
prevention
palpation
blind people

Authors

Lidia Rakow
Zbigniew Lewandowski
Ewa Romejko-Wolniewicz
Małgorzata Pękala
Józef Piotr Knap

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