NAYA| USJ launches first application for breast cancer in Lebanon

The application entails several different features such as reminders, countdowns, and alerts to remind women of their breast cancer screenings.
by Sandra Abdelbaki and Sabine Sabeh

23 January 2020 | 20:29

Source: by Annahar

Elissa with organizers from the event. (Annahar Photo)

BEIRUT: The faculty of medicine at Saint Joseph University launched a new mobile application on breast cancer titled “Ma Tense," which translates to “Don't Forget” in English. The application aims to raise awareness on breast cancer and stresses the importance of early detection.

According to the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), breast cancer remains the most common types of cancer that affects women at 41.3 percent. There are around 2,400 detected breast cancer cases each year in Lebanon. The prevalence of this type of cancer among women and the lack of awareness of the importance of detecting this disease at an early stage were the reasons behind creating such an application.

“The preventive campaigns, which we have carried out at USJ since 2014, were not only for breast cancer, but also for prostate cancer, stomach cancer, and many other different types of cancer,” said Joseph Kattan, Head of Oncology Hematology Service at Hôtel Dieu de France, during the launching event of the application. “Awareness is the only and best way to win."

“As a Lebanese gynecologist who works on improving women’s health, I would like to express my gratitude to the faculty of medicine for this generous effort and useful project which will encourage women patients to have an early detection of the disease,” said Dr. David Atallah, Head of Gynecology-Obstetrics Department at Hôtel Dieu de France.

Based on the medical information users provide the application with, they can know when they should conduct a breast cancer screening. The application entails several different features such as reminders, countdowns, and alerts to remind women of their breast cancer screenings. It also includes weekly news and tips about breast cancer and its symptoms.

The application is available in four languages: English, Arabic, French, and Armenian. It is free of charge and available on both Android and IOS.

“I am very proud of the doctors who are working on raising awareness about breast cancer. This application reinforces my belief that the Lebanese people never fail at being creative,” said Lebanese singer Elissa.

Elissa had her own struggles with breast cancer and has been working on spreading awareness since then.

“You should never be afraid of breast cancer screenings because nothing is more valuable than your life. Prevention is always better than treatment,” she added.

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