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Tourist attraction ‘camera’ helps woman detect cancer

A tourist site this traveller will never forget

A visit to a Scottish tourist attraction has changed a traveller’s life in a way she never would have thought possible. 


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While visiting the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh in May, Bal Gil and her family stopped in to the museum’s popular thermal imaging camera room. 


“As all families do, we entered and started to wave our arms and look at the images created,” Ms Gil said. 


"While doing this 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."


According to the BBC, after returning home she looked at her photos and saw the image, which piqued her interest. And after finding a number of articles about breast cancer and thermal imaging cameras, she visited her doctor, who shortly afterwards diagnosed her with early stage breast cancer. 


Image Bal Gil


After a successful mastectomy, the 41-year-old was told she wouldn’t need any chemotherapy or radiotherapy afterwards. 


"I just wanted to say thank you, without that camera I would never have known," the Briton said. 


"I know it's not the intention of the camera but for me it really was a life-changing visit. I cannot tell you enough about how my visit to the Camera Obscura changed my life."


Camera Obscura and World of Illusions general manager Andrew Johnson said no one at the museum knew the 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," he said.


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Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 25 October 2019

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