Friday, May 15, 2015

#Smartphone can detect eye cancer in children

According to the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) camera on smartphones can detect eye cancer generally found in children under the age of five.The flash from the smartphone camera can easily spot retinoblastoma, a rare type of aggressive eye cancer that almost exclusively affects young children.

In many cases, retinoblastoma shows as a white pupil in flash photos. Which means the camera feature on your smartphone could detect a tumour growing in your child’s eye. By checking the photos that you take, you could spot this cancer early, and get the medical treatment necessary to save their life.

"Our hope is that our research will mean no child ever has to experience the trauma of losing their eye, their sight or their life through eye cancer," said CHECT chief executive Joy Felgate .