WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A tourist attraction’s camera picked up on a British tourist’s cancer — allowing her to promptly act on it.
- The thermal camera at Camera Obscura & World of Illusions in Edinburgh, Scotland, picked up on a hot spot on her chest — which turned out to be breast cancer.
- She has since written to the museum to share how one of its attractions may have saved her life.
A British woman discovered she had breast cancer and was able to promptly act on it — thanks to a tourist attraction’s camera that picked up on the cancer’s presence.
Bal Gill, 41, visited Camera Obscura & World of Illusions in Edinburgh, Scotland, while on a family vacation in May 2019.
Gill recalled, “We had been to Edinburgh Castle and on the way down we saw the museum. While making our way through the floors we got to the thermal imaging camera room.”
The thermal camera allows guests “to see just how hot, or cold you are.” The camera revealed a surprising hot spot on Gill’s chest.
She shared, “I noticed a heat patch coming from my left breast. 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 came across the photo after their return home, she decided to learn about thermal imaging and a possible explanation for the hot spot.
She soon learned that breast cancer specialists use thermography, or thermal imaging, to detect cancer.
Cancer cells grow and multiply at a rapid rate– causing increased blood flow and metabolism to the affected area as compared to the rest of the body. This leads to a higher skin temperature, which is how thermal cameras detect cancer.
Gill’s findings prompted her to consult with the doctor, who diagnosed her with early-stage breast cancer. She has since undergone two surgeries and will soon undergo another “to prevent it from spreading.”
Gill has since written to the museum to share how one of its attractions may have saved her life.
Her letter read, “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.”
The museum’s general manager, Andrew Johnson, was moved by Gill’s story, especially since “breast cancer is very close to home for me and a number of our team.”
In May of this year, Bal visited us at Camera Obscura on a family trip to Edinburgh. Little did she know that her simple visit and a photograph would not only change her life but in fact, save her life. Read more about Bal’s incredible story here: https://t.co/vffxFAKCyJ pic.twitter.com/V0GXsryKEP
— Camera Obscura (@camobscura) October 22, 2019
He shared, “We did not realize that our thermal camera had the potential to detect life-changing symptoms in this way. It’s amazing that Bal noticed the difference in the image and, crucially, acted on it promptly.”