Medical tactile examiner, or MTE, Shweta Verma demonstrates at a New Delhi hospital how she examines women for lumps that could be warning signs of breast cancer. Photo: Handout

Blind women trained to find breast cancer lumps by feel are better than doctors at the task

  • They are called medical tactile examiners, or MTEs, and they work in India, Mexico, Colombia, and Austria, using their sense of touch to find breast nodules
  • The women spend much longer than doctors on examinations, and can find smaller lumps; in India their detection rate is 100 per cent so far
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Medical tactile examiner, or MTE, Shweta Verma demonstrates at a New Delhi hospital how she examines women for lumps that could be warning signs of breast cancer. Photo: Handout
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