It’s that time of year. The leaves are changing, the weather is getting colder, and the NFLs shoes are … PINK.
At first you think–I am pretty sure red and gold do not go with “pretty-in-pink” pink, the mind whirls at bit at this odd combination, and then it hits you – it’s October, a.k.a Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
At iMedicalApps we want to celebrate the reminders of the month that just passed — and in recognition of a cancer that affects 1 in 8 women, we highlight a few breast cancer and women’s health apps — they are all available for free.
#1 I LOVE Boobies
Keeping this app on your iPad or iPhone won’t get you kicked out of school. This app, developed by the Keep A Breast Foundation, provides information on the foundation (majority of app’s content), as well as information on how to perform and what to look for in a breast self-exam. A nice touch, you can set an automatic reminder for a monthly self breast exam.
Multimedia usage is minimal (i.e. there is no video of self breast exam), but the app does provide a variety of information about the foundation and allows those who use the app to stay abreast (and hopefully keep one too). This app is useful for those wanting to know more about the Keep A Breast Foundation organization, as well as though who want to know more about breast self exam.
#2 My Self Checker
Developed by Channel 4 in the United Kingdom as an extension of the “Embarrassing bodies”, this app offers video guidance for self-checks. For men, there is a ball check and skin check. For women, there is a skin check, a vulva check, and a breast check. In the settings tab, you can filter for gender. The videos provide real-life video, as well as a step-by-step guide with pictures. There is a link to watch additional episodes of Embarrassing Bodies. There is also a note section, where a note can be written or recorded about that day’s particular self-exam.
For those in the United Kingdom, there is a link for a number of different National Health Services. The app requires you to set a passcode for access to the home screen and subsequent videos – this might help ensure that your 6 year-old cousin does not happen upon some conversation-sparking photos. This app is particularly useful for its frank, succinct portrayal of how to conduct self-checks.
#3 Breast Cancer
This app, developed, as a part of “Beyond the Shock” requires an account to utilize its full resources. It targets women diagnosed with breast cancer. The homepage offers information on breast cancer (video-based), a question and answer forum, as well as video stories of patients in various stages and time points of breast cancer. The videos are not available offline. The final section provides a condensed version of website’s features, including a section for “Family and Loved Ones” and “Media Room,” among others. This app is most useful to individuals with breast cancer.
#4 Breast Cancer Glossary
Sometimes going to the doctor feels like a language lesson in “medicalese.” Medical terminology is not (always) easy, especially with a life-altering diagnosis like breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Glossary, available in a free and an upgraded format from “Look It Up 4 Me Inc.”, seeks to provide easy-to-understand explanations for breast cancer-related terms, people, and procedures. The terms are searchable and all definitions are shareable via Facebook. Not only is this app helpful for those with breast cancer, but also could be helpful for concerned friends and family who want to know more about what is happening.
#5 Cancer Symptoms
The Cancer Symptoms app does not exclusively focus on breast cancer. This app, developed by Cancer Research UK, provides an interactive model and list of questions to help people identify if their particular symptoms might be worrisome. The app includes both male- and female-specific cancers, as well as “gender-neutral” cancers like colon and skin cancer.
By clicking on target/hotspots for a particular area of the body, you can learn about possible cancer symptoms. The apps questions, symptoms, and descriptions are varied. The descriptions of symptoms appropriately inform the reader that a particular symptom by itself may not be worrisome.
In terms of breast cancer, there are three sections of information available based on the symptoms of interest. At the bottom of all explanations is a radio button with a link to the developer’s website and the app also provides a radio button for donations. This app is helpful for those concerned about particular symptoms or for those who just want to learn more about possible signs and symptoms.
These 5 apps represent only some of the many apps available (for free or a nominal cost) looking at breast cancer. As the month of pink has now drawn to a close, we hope you enjoy exploring these interesting and educational apps about breast cancer. You do not have to be a breast cancer survivor to appreciate their message – breast cancer can affect anyone (men included) and sometimes it helps to have someone or something navigate its prevention or treatment.
Whether on the football fields of the United States or the multi-colored icon screen of an iOS device, let us think Pink!