October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness of the disease. In 2015, doctors will diagnose an estimated 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,730 will die from the disease. If detected at an early stage, however, breast cancer can be much more effectively treated.
Early detection results from annual mammograms and routine breast self-exams, but busy schedules and daily distractions often keep people from making appointments and allow self-checks to fall off the radar.
To break through all those distractions, the National Breast Cancer Foundation created an app that regularly reminds women to perform routine breast self-exams and to schedule clinical breast exams and mammograms, depending on age and health history.
The app also has information on risk factors, how to perform a breast self-exam, the location of your closest clinic, signs and symptoms and more!
Since 63% of the female population owns a smartphone, most of us have no excuse to ignore our health and no reason to miss a self-exam or mammogram appointment ever again.