Evaluation of BreastLight as a Tool for Early Detection of Breast Lesions among Females Attending National Cancer Institute, Cairo University

  • Labib, Nargis Albert (Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, National Cancer Institute, Cairo University) ;
  • Ghobashi, Maha Mohamed (Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, National Cancer Institute, Cairo University) ;
  • Moneer, Manar Mohamed (Department of Biostatistics and Cancer Epidemiology, National Cancer Institute, Cairo University) ;
  • Helal, Maha Hesien (Department of Radio- Diagnosis, National Cancer Institute, Cairo University) ;
  • Abdalgaleel, Shaimaa Abdalaleem (Department of Biostatistics and Cancer Epidemiology, National Cancer Institute, Cairo University)
  • Published : 2013.08.30


Background: Breast illumination was suggested as a simple method for breast cancer screening. BreastLight is a simple apparatus for this purpose. Objective: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of BreastLight as a screening tool of breast cancer in comparison to mammography and histopathology. Materials and Methods: This hospital-based cross sectional study was conducted in the mammography unit of the radiodiagnosis department at National Cancer Institute, Cairo University. All participants were subjected to breast examination with the BreastLight tool, mammography and ultrasonography. Suspicious cases were biopsied for histopathological examination which is considered as a gold standard. Results: The mean age of the participants was $46.3{\pm}12.4$ years. Breast illumination method had sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value and total accuracy of 93.0%, 73.7%, 91.4%, 77.8% and 88.2%, respectively in detection of breast cancer. Conclusions: Breast illumination method with BreastLight apparatus is a promising easy-to-use tool to screen for breast cancer suitable for primary health care physician or at-home use. It needs further evaluation especially in asymptomatic women.


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