The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.? (NBCF) earlier today announced the official launch of its Early Detection Plan(EDP), a new free iPhone app designed to encourage women to become more proactive about their health by scheduling reminders via push notifications to perform routine breast self-exams and schedule clinical breast exams and mammograms.

NBCF’s Early Detection Planis the firstof its kind app that and can be tailored to each user. Womencan add their age to tailor app tospecific needs andadd health history to determine optimal scheduling for both self and professional exams. The app is also a resource thatoffers women detailed information about clinical breast exams, mammograms, risk factors, signs and symptoms, and tutorials on how to properly perform a breast self-exam.

Early signs & symptoms
Many breast cancers are found by regular mammography after age 40, before any symptoms are felt. And symptoms of breast cancer often vary from woman to woman. Doctors therefore, encourage women to be familiar with their breasts so that they know and understand what feels and looks normal.

Symptomes of breats cancer may includea lump or mass in the breast, enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit, changes in breast size, shape, skin texture or color, skin redness, dimpling or puckering of the breast, nipple changes or discharge, scaliness, a nipple pulling to one side or a change in direction. Observing these symptoms does notconfirm a diagnosis of breast cancer, but it is important that women report these observations to a health care provider.

“Early detection plans are crucial to women’s health,” says NBCF Founder and CEO, Janelle Hail. “The EDP app is a simple, easy way to teach women how to perform exams properly and set vital reminders for exam scheduling. This is an app that will help save lives.”

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Increasing detection
When women create and follow an early detection plan, they significantly increase their chances of detecting breast cancer in its early stages. The National Cancer Institute states that when breast cancer is found in its early, localized stage, the five year survival rate is 98%. However, more than 30% of women are diagnosed after breast cancer has spread beyond the localized stage.

This is the second app from NBCF, whose first app, Beyond The Shock?, is also available for free on iTunes. Beyond The Shock is an online educational resource for women affected by breast cancer. This app helps women gain a better understanding of their disease. It is a collaborative breast cancer guide created by the National Breast Cancer Foundation with the support of the best healthcare experts and researchers in the world.

“At the time of my diagnosis, there was little information about the disease, and I was forced to make a decision about my healthcare without knowing my options. Early detection saved my life,” says Hail. “As a survivor, I am committed to educating women around the world, and with the development of our new EDP App, we are now able to help women better manage their health and detect breast cancer early.”

For more information:
– Learn about cancer: Breast Cancer

– Early Detection Plan (EDP): Breast Cancer
Beyond The Shock

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