Swiping your way toward peace of mind: The most helpful breast cancer apps

In recent years, there has been a slew of new apps targeting breast cancer patients. (Shutterstock)
Updated 31 October 2017
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Swiping your way toward peace of mind: The most helpful breast cancer apps

DUBAI: Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide and, while incidence rates vary from region to region, global health authorities emphasize that early detection improves the chances of beating the cancer.
In recent years, there has been a slew of new apps targeting breast cancer patients and their friends and families. The apps provide tips and information on the disease, ranging from how to conduct breast self-examinations, organizing medications, keeping journals, tracking the side effects of treatments, to providing the latest on cancer research.
BEYOND THE SHOCK
Price: Free
Available on: Apple App Store

Beyond The Shock is collaborative breast cancer guide created by the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the US with the support of medical experts, doctors and researchers across the world. Users of the app can access information about breast cancer types and their treatment, ask a question to an expert through the app and link with other breast cancer patients via video.
BREAST CHECK NOW
Price: Free
Available on: App Store and Android Google Play

Breast Check Now helps a user get into the habit of doing self-breast examinations by setting up a plan, setting regular reminders and providing detailed instructions and visual guides on how to perform the exam. The app also provides helpful information about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
B4BC
Price: Free
Available on: App Store and Google Play

Similar to Breast Check Now, the B4BC (Boarding For Breast Cancer) app allows a user to set a personalized automatic reminder for a monthly breast self-examination, as well as showing the proper technique to perform the examination. The app offers the bonus of syncing with a woman’s menstrual cycle, as well as news and information regarding breast cancer.
CANCER THERAPY ADVISOR
Price: Free
Available on: App Store and Google Play

Cancer Therapy Adviser is mobile spin off of the online portal that many oncology and health care professionals use. The app provides information, including popular cancer treatment regimens, a comprehensive drug database, access to oncology news reports and feature articles about hot cancer topics as well as medical calculators.
CAREZONE
Price: Free
Available on: App Store and Google Play

CareZone helps breast cancer patients and their families to manage medications and doctor’s instructions, record and track health vitals – such as blood glucose, sleep and weight – organize important contacts, keep appointments and refill dates and keep photos or important health files directly on a user’s phone.
CARING BRIDGE
Price: Free
Available on: App Store and Google Play

The Caring Bridge app connects a user, via Facebook, with friends and family during times when support is needed. The app also helps create a website and allows users to visit a friend’s page and add updates or encouraging notes.
iPHARMACY
Price: Free
Available on: App Store and Google Play

iPharmacy helps users find their prescription medications at the lowest price, identify pill by color, shape and imprint as well as understand and manage treatments by understanding the side effects and warnings for FDA-approved medications.
MY CANCER COACH
Price: Free
Available on: App Store and Google Play

Developed in partnership with Breastcancer.org, Men’s Health Network and Fight Colorectal Cancer as a resource for newly-diagnosed cancer patients, the app has separate guides for breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer. The breast cancer app was designed to help patients manage the cancer’s progression. A user can learn more about a specific diagnosis, get prompted with questions to ask a doctor and watch videos and get access to vital resources such as patient advocacy. My Cancer Coach also features a glossary of common cancer terms to help users.
MYJOURNEY COMPASS
Price: Free
Available on: Google Play

MyJourney Compass is an Android-based symptom tracking app for breast and head and neck cancer patients. The app connects to Microsoft HealthVault, a web-based personal health record created by Microsoft in October 2007, which stores and maintains health and fitness information.
PILLS ON THE GO
Price: Free
Available on: Google Play

This medication organizer app is most useful for people on the go, as it focuses on alerting a user to take medications on time. A user can see the whole-day medication at a glance or track by the hour as well as get instructions about how to take the medication, such as with food or water.
POCKET CANCER CARE GUIDE
Price: Free
Available on: App Store

Developed by the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship in the US, the app helps patients to quickly and easily build lists of practical questions during conversations with doctors and nurses after diagnosis.
PINK KNIGHT
Price: Free
Available on: App Store and Google Play

The Pink Knights app is a breast cancer awareness campaign launched by the Zulekha Healthcare Group, together with Ford – Warriors in Pink and Friends of Cancer Patients, which targets women across the UAE with a core message unifying them in a bid to tackle breast cancer. Dr. Pamela Munster, a renowned oncologist and cancer survivor, is the app’s ambassador.


Social media abuzz with celebratory posts

Bahraini and Saudi women celebrate the lifting of the driving ban on women in Saudi Arabia on June 24, 2018. (REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed)
Updated 25 June 2018
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Social media abuzz with celebratory posts

  • In an apparent dig at those who used to oppose women driving in the past, the former imam of Makkah’s Grand Mosque, Adel Al-Kalbani, tweeted: “Aren’t those who said ‘women won’t drive” cute?’”
  • Lebanese model and actress Nadine Njeim shared a touching video congratulating Saudi women. She encouraged them to continue being role models in leadership roles as well.

JEDDAH: Following the lifting of a ban on driving, Saudi women are in a festive mood. On Sunday, many women in the Kingdom with valid driver’s licenses took to roads on their vehicles.

It is a historic reform, which is expected to usher in a new era of prosperity and economic development in the Kingdom.

Social media is abuzz with tweets and posts celebrating this key development. Saudi officials, businessmen and even international celebrities used social media to express their feelings on this historic decision and to congratulate Saudi women on this important day.

Mody Al-Khalaf, a Saudi Shoura Council member, expressed her support to her fellow sisters using Twitter. She tweeted: “It is now 11:59 PM, June 24th in Saudi Arabia. If there ever was a historical 60 seconds, this is it. #ReadySetGo #SaudiWomenDriving”

Top businesswoman Ameera Al-Taweel called on men to extend full support to women and help them achieve their goals in life.

“On such a historic day, I wish to see women being brave and men supporting them. In most countries, we see a ‘New Driver’ sign at the back of every vehicle indicating that the person driving is inexperienced — out of consideration for new drivers. I wish we could all be considerate of other women and realize that this experience is new for them, just to ensure everything goes smoothly for everyone.”

A twitter user Aziz Al-Angari  (@AzizAngari) from Saudi Arabia shared his first experience with an Uber lady driver, Ohoud. “Just requested my first Uber ride from a Saudi female. Thanks for the ride, Ohoud! #SaudiWomenDriving”

In an apparent dig at those who used to oppose women driving in the past, the former imam of Makkah’s Grand Mosque, Adel Al-Kalbani, tweeted: “Aren’t those who said ‘women won’t drive” cute?’”

Former Pakistani cricket player Shoaib Akhtar, also known as the Rawalpindi Express for his lightening bowling spells on the field, tweeted: “Congratulations to all the women in #SaudiArabia #womenempowerment #SaudiWomenDriving.” 

Talli Dar, artist/YouTuber from Toronto tweeted: “Starting today, Saudi women can finally drive. They’ve officially been issued their licenses and can start racing Saudi men on the streets and see who’s the Fastest & Most Furious. Historic moment #SaudiWomenDriving.”

Lebanese model and actress Nadine Njeim shared a touching video congratulating Saudi women. She encouraged them to continue being role models in leadership roles as well.

“Every woman in the Arab world and especially in Saudi Arabia – today is your day, today you achieved greatness because you trusted in yourself, your strength and abilities.”

 Hiba Tawaji, the Lebanese soprano singer, also released a video to congratulate Saudi women by sharing a song she performed live in Riyadh on Dec. 7, 2017. She said: “Today women in Saudi Arabia can legally drive their cars. Congratulations!”