4 iPhone apps for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
By Phil Hornshaw
Cancer remains one of the leading causes of death among Americans, and with October being recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s a perfect time to get educated, checked to remain in the best health and identify possible problems early.
Breast cancer isn’t just an issue among women — it also occurs with alarming frequency in men, and can be just as deadly. With Breast Cancer Awareness Month in full swing, we’ve tracked down a few iPhone apps that can help you in a number of ways, from raising awareness, to checking for warning signs and educating yourself and others.
Get reminded, get support
Especially for women, early identification of breast cancer can be key to beating it, and there are quite a few apps that can help remind women to get checked out. One fun one is Your Man Reminder (Free), which sends women reminders to get mammograms and other tests, delivered along with pictures of hunky men. You can send “Man-O-Grams” to friends, and the app also packs lots of information about symptoms and lets you take notes about your body and results.
Keep a Breast (Free) is another app great for reminders about checking yourself for cancer signs, and comes with reminders and lots of useful information — including step-by-step instructions for home self-exams and other useful tips.
Breast cancer isn’t just an issue for women — in fact, there’s no age range associated with the illness, so encouraging young girls to check themselves is important, as well. That’s the goal behind Daisy Wheel, which teaches girls how to administer self-exams and what to look for. It’s specifically aimed at ages 5-to=-2.
Finally, finding out you have breast cancer doesn’t have to be an experience anyone experiences alone. Breast Cancer: Beyond the Shock (Free) bills itself as an “online guide to understanding breast cancer,” and packs details about what people diagnosed the illness can expect. The app makes it easy to find information about breast cancer both for victims for their families and friends, and also acts as a support system by providing stories from women who have suffered — and survived — the illness.
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