Cancer is one of the world’s biggest killers, and in the Western World, breast cancer is certainly one of the largest causes of mortality for women.
Thailand breast cancer treatment centers treat hundreds of patients every year, and have hailed the development of a new glove (called the Donna Glove), which multiplies the effectiveness of breast self examination, as one of the most important tools to help increase the number of breast cancer survivors.
The Donna Glove’s most marketable feature is the fact that it allows lumps the size of a grain of sugar to be detected – a feat which is simply not possible with regular bare hand palpitation. The mechanism by which it can do this is a layer of mineral oil between two thin latex sheaths that form the glove.
The lack of friction against the surface of the breast means that lumps close to the skin can be much more easily detected – they would have otherwise gone unnoticed as friction hides the detailed structure of breast tissue.
This makes breast cancer treatment in Thailand much more effective. The five-year survival rate for Thailand breast cancer patients with early stages of the disease is 98% – an excellent figure considering how many deaths this cancer causes.
The figures are similar across all cancers, which is why regular cancer checkups are always recommended – one in three women in the US and one in two men in the US are diagnosed with cancer each year. Breast self-examination is a learned skill, and needs to be carried out regularly to be effective.
The Donna glove works as well with any of the personal preferences for examination methods, including the vertical strip pattern, the pie wedge pattern and the circular pattern. In order to have the best chance of detecting any lumps, unusual thickening or shape changes, other guidelines for effective self-examination still need to be followed.
Women should still lie down, ensure they check all areas including under the nipple and into the axillary tail under the armpit, and perform the check regularly.
International hospitals in Bangkok are amazed at clinical trial results for the Donna Glove.
A group of women who had all previously been diagnosed with breast cancer were studied – half were given a glove to aid in lump detection and half continued with normal bare-hand examination. At the end of a 6 month period, 84% of the women had lump recurrence, and while only 50% of the bare-hand examiners detected their lumps, 100% of those using the Donna glove detected lumps by themselves.
International hospitals in Bangkok have been recommending the glove to their patients in addition to regular cancer checkups like mammograms and other internal imaging procedures. Thailand breast cancer specialists believe that this is truly a tool of the future in the fight against one of the most prevalent diseases of the modern era.