October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and even though the month is almost over, it's never a bad time to help educate women and men about how to do a proper self examination to check for cancer.
Breast Cancer Care is one of the leading charities when it comes to breast cancer research and they announced in a press release that a shocking one third of women do not do regular breast exams. Perhaps and even more alarming number is that 20% of women surveyed say they don't do breast self exams because they don't actually know how to do them.
Breast cancer is very scary diagnosis but one that can be made less scary when the cancer is detected early enough. Part of being detected early is by women doing regular screening of their breasts at home, and now Breast Cancer Care is teaming up with Amazon and their Alexa tool to help make those self breast exams a bit easier.
Users can now ask Alexa to provide information on eight different signs and symptoms of breast cancer. While many women know that a lump in the breast is something they need to speak to their doctor about immediately, there are other signs and symptoms many aren't aware of. Alexa will inform the user of things to look for, such as pucker or inverted nipple, and Alexa provides feedback depending on the user's response.
“We know a third of women in the UK aren’t regularly checking their breasts, so having Alexa on hand to guide them will help empower many with the confidence to build this potentially lifesaving habit into their routine,” Addie Mitchell, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Care, said.
“Whatever your age it’s so important to get to know your breasts and if you do spot anything unusual – be it a lump, redness or an inverted nipple – get it checked out by your GP. ”
Not only will the new tool be helpful to those who are unsure of what to look for when doing self exams, it's also going to be providing helpful information to those who have already been diagnosed with the disease. Breast Cancer Care's end-of-care treatment app called BECCA Daily 5, also found in Alexa's skill section and will be providing five articles daily that can be read out that help women with ideas about healthy eating or even how to manage long term side effects as a result of their treatment.
Breast Cancer Care urges women to do a self exam every 4-6 weeks so they know if any changes have happened and they can report them to their doctor immediately. To use this new feature you simply have to search for “Breast Cancer Care” in the skills part of the Alexa app or on the Amazon website.