This app helps people with routine breast cancer screenings – NBC Los Angeles
Muralist Cristina Maya shares her story about breast cancer so other women can take steps to prevent and detect the disease early.
“My mom never told us we had to touch them,” Maya said. “When I found out I had a breast lump, I went to the doctor, they examined me, they did some tests.”
Maya had a history of breast cancer in her family: her paternal grandmother, whom she never met, died of the same disease.
A positive diagnosis of breast cancer was also an uphill battle for Gloria Muriel, artist and mother of two daughters.
“I started to feel very strong pain in my right breast,” says Muriel. “They had happened to me before, like shooting pains, but not so strong.”
Her spirituality gave her the strength to overcome cancer.
“I have drawn a lot of strength from spiritual things. Working with the spirit so that [the mind] is fine, and so is the body,” Muriel said.
The two artists are collaborating with the Keep a Breast Foundation, which offers a bilingual app that tells people what they need to do to prevent breast cancer.
“It teaches you how to do personal checkups with animated graphics, set automatic reminders,” says Shaney Jo Darden, founder of Keep a Breast. “There are resources on what to do at the doctor. It connects you with a doctor in case anything is found out of the ordinary.”
The app displays a step-by-step self-test guide with animated gifs and is also available in Mexico.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 264,000 cases of breast cancer in women and about 2,400 in men are diagnosed each year in the United States.
The CDC also notes that approximately 42,000 women and 500 men die each year from breast cancer.
This is why doctors recommend a monthly personal examination.
“With one in eight women being diagnosed with breast cancer, prevention and early detection may be the cure,” says Darden.
Those interested in downloading the app can do so through Google Play or the Apple Store. The app is also available in Spanish.
This story originally appeared on our sister station, Telemundo 52. Para leer en espanotol, haga click here.