breast awareness light – breast examination device

Frequently Asked Question’s

I have lumpy breasts. When using Fairylight™ Breast Analyser would I see lots of dark shadows?
It depends if the lumps are fibrous, fatty or fluid filled cysts. If so, as there is no extra blood present in these conditions, NO shadow will be seen. If however you see a shadow in the breast it could be a blood filled cyst, bruise or a growth. Any lumps that are causing you anxiety should be seen by your doctor or nurse.

Does Fairylight™ Breast Analyser work with my implants?
Yes, Fairylight™ Breast Analyser works very well with implants. It is difficult for women with implants to check their breasts, so Fairylight™ Breast Analyser becomes an invaluable aid to breast awareness for these women.

I have very dark skin, surely Fairylight™ Breast Analyser won’t work on me?
Fairylight™ Breast Analyser works well on ALL skin tones.

I have extremely large breasts, can I use this device?
It may help if you get a close friend or partner to hold your breast while you use Fairylight™ Breast Analyser, but there is no breast size restriction in using the device.

I have had a breast reduction, can I use Fairylight™ Breast Analyser?
Yes, you may use Fairylight™ Breast Analyser. You will notice the scar tissue is thicker and dependant on how long ago you had the reduction you may see an increased blood supply (which will show as darkened areas).

I have had a lumpectomy, should I use Fairylight™ Breast Analyser?
Yes, it is fine to use Fairylight™ Breast Analyser when you have had any type of breast surgery. You will see slightly thickened tissue at the operation site. It is also really important that you take care of your breasts now and check them regularly.

Why do I need to alter the intensity of the light in Fairylight™ Breast Analyser?
The density of breasts varies; this is dependent on lots of factors – age; size; hormonal changes and the time of the month. The denser your breast the higher the intensity light you need. Too high or too low a setting will mean that blood vessels are not seen clearly, so try different brightness.

I am really frightened about using Fairylight™ Breast Analyser for the first time – suppose I find something?
It is not uncommon for women to be slightly anxious using Fairylight™ Breast Analyser for the first time. Over time you will become more aware of what is normal for you and therefore more confident that you will notice any changes in your breasts. Remember it is not a diagnostic device and if you do see any changes or are concerned contact your doctor.

If I use Fairylight™ Breast Analyser regularly do I still need to look and feel my breasts for changes?
YES. Fairylight™ Breast Analyser should be used in addition to your normal breast awareness routine. You should continue to look and feel your breast tissue and should always have regular check-ups and mammograms if you are over 40 years of age.

What is the light used in this Fairylight™ Breast Analyser? Is it safe?
The light is visible light of a specific wavelength from a set of LED’s (light emitting diodes). It is completely safe. You can use Fairylight™ Breast Analyser as often as you like but we recommend that you use it on a regular monthly basis.

How does light show up blood in my breast?
The red LED light is absorbed by the red blood cells in your blood. This enables you to see the blood vessels as dark lines. You can monitor any changes that occur. You should look for changes such as dark areas or shadows that should be checked by your doctor.

What size will a tumour be that Fairylight™ Breast Analyser detects?
In the clinical trials carried out ,Fairylight™ Breast Analyser tumours over 2cms were detected in the majority of cases and tumours under 2cms were detected in well over 50% of cases. Of course you have to bear in mind that this depends on where the tumour is in the breast.

Can I use Fairylight™ Breast Analyser now that I am pregnant?
Yes you can use Fairylight™ Breast Analyser when you are pregnant but your breasts will be changing, and receiving an extra blood supply. It is advisable to stop using Fairylight™ Breast Analyser until a few months after you have finished breast feeding as your breasts will be full of milk and you will not be able to see very much. There is no harm in using Fairylight™ Breast Analyser, but the results would be unsatisfactory.

Why do I need to use Fairylight™ Breast Analyser in the dark?
Only a small proportion of the red light passes through the breast so you need to remove any background light to illuminate the blood vessels. The darker the room, the easier it is to use.

How often should I use Fairylight™ Breast Analyser?
You can use Fairylight™ Breast Analyser as often as you like as part of your normal breast awareness routine.

Is Fairylight™ Breast Analyser safe to use?
All of the light from Fairylight™ Breast Analyser is visible – there are no invisible rays and the light is completely harmless. You can use Fairylight™ Breast Analyser as often as you like with no side effects.

What if I see something I’m not sure about?
If you notice any changes in your breasts you should ask your doctor about them as soon as possible. They will probably be harmless but your doctor will be able to reassure you.

What if I feel something in my breast but can’t see anything with Fairylight™ Breast Analyser?
You should ask your doctor about it as soon as possible. It may be harmless but your doctor will be able to advise and reassure you.

If I use Fairylight™ Breast Analyser, should I still attend my routine breast screening?
Absolutely YES! Fairylight™ Breast Analyser is not a substitute for the routine breast screening you receive if you are aged 40 or over. It should just be used as part of your normal breast awareness routine at home.

Will Fairylight™ Breast Analyser show up a DCIS lesion?
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is an early form of breast cancer, sometimes described as an intraductal or non-invasive cancer. If the cancer has angiogenesis associated with it then it should show up using Fairylight™ Breast Analyser. Such lesions have been detected with Fairylight™ Breast Analyser research.

Can I use Fairylight™ Breast Analyser even if the batteries are not fully charged?
If the power in the batteries is too low then the light will cut out. If this happens, and you want to continue your examination, Fairylight™ Breast Analyser can be used with mains power  using the adaptor and cable supplied.

Why should I use a lubricant with Fairylight™ Breast Analyser?
Some women find it more comfortable to use a lubricant, which allows the lens to slide across the skin more easily. Apply the lubricant lightly over the entire breast and wipe off the excess after completing your examination. We recommend a water based lubricant; do not use an oil based lubricant as this may damage your Fairylight™ Breast Analyser.

What does being ‘breast aware’ mean?
Doctors recommend that women know how their breasts look and feel so that you know what is normal and healthy for you. This is called “breast awareness