Breast cancer affects families all across the world. In fact, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes. It’s no surprise this life altering disease is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women.
According to the American Cancer Society, statistics indicate that young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer could be less responsive to treatment considering the cancer may be more aggressive. This makes early detection crucial.
Luckily today, there are so many technology advancements that help make early detection easier than ever. I’ve listed a few of these high tech support systems below along with some ways you can support the cause.
3 Ways Early Detection Technology Helps Diagnose Breast Cancer
Screen Yourself at Home with iSonoHealth
iSonoHealth is making at-home breast screenings more efficient and provides results from a real physician. The wearable technology slips on like a bra and the built in ultrasound scanner completes a full breast scan which you can track on your phone or mobile device. Once the scan is finished, the data is shared with a physician who will analyze the results and reach out with their findings. What’s interesting about this device is that the machine learning algorithm will notice any changes in your breast health as time goes on, which helps give the most accurate diagnoses.
There’s an App to Check Yourself
Keep A Breast, a Breast Cancer Awareness foundation, created the Check Yourself! app which is easily accessible at our fingertips! This free breast exam guide is known to be the ultimate self-check tool when it comes to performing your own breast exams. The app includes a calendar, allowing you to set a schedule with monthly reminders as well as pro tips on how to gently navigate any irregularities in your breasts. Check Yourself! will not only allow you to monitor your breast health in a timely manner, but you’ll be armed with important facts that you can share with other women!
Try The Breast Exam Sensory Training (BEST) Touch
BEST Touch was designed to to make self-check breast exams simple and accurate for all women. This sensory technology offers an easy-to-use interface and provides results in real time to its users. Users will have a chance to learn hands-on what it’s like to perform a breast exam and will know exactly what each symptom feels like while utilizing the realistic breast models provided. Early detection rates are increasing due to technology advancements like BEST Touch.
2 Ways to Help Support the Cause
Support a survivor
There are over 3 million breast cancer survivors in the US. Chances are most of us know at least one of them. Giving back to these strong women is the least we could do. With more women choosing to undergo a double mastectomy after being diagnosed, making sure they feel comfortable in their new bodies is a small gesture that can go a long way. A thoughtful act of kindness, like volunteering at a local hospital to give breast cancer patients fun and bright manicures, or purchasing a cozy bra that fits their new shape could be just the kind of motivation they needed to embrace their new life.
Get your kids involved!
Knowledge is power, right? The more people know about breast cancer, the more supporters and advocates there will be. The color pink is the international symbol of breast cancer. Getting your kids involved is as simple as sending them to school in a pink t-shirt or hair bow. If you’re local to the DC area, taking your family to Making Strides of Washington DC is another way to get everyone involved. Every year, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer holds running and walking events which helps raise awareness and funds in hope to save lives from breast cancer. Instilling these meaningful messages in your children will only benefit their generation.
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