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Palomar Observatory

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Heat waves

October is breast cancer awareness month. Did you know that one in eight women in the United States will get the disease in their lifetime although men certainly get it as well? That an estimated 41,760 women will die of the disease this year but mortality rates have been falling steadily since 1990 due to early detection and better treatment. Breast cancer survivors are the largest group of cancer survivors in our country.

Here is an interesting story; an English woman visiting Scotland on holiday pays admission to the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Museum in Edinburgh.

They have a thermal imaging camera installed at the museum. She takes a picture with it and notices a hot spot on her breast. She investigates further when she gets home and finds out that she has self detected her own breast cancer.

The crazy thing is that the admission to the museum was probably minimal and her photograph cost next to nothing yet a simple thermal imaging test in the United States will set one back a minimum of $250.00.

Forty one year old Bal Gill was very lucky. Without the providential shot her cancer would have probably gone undetected.

Don't be a fool like me, get your colon, breasts, prostate and bladder checked for cancer with regularity. If you are 55 and older and have not had a colonoscopy, it is time. Don't wait.

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