Now,smartphone app to detect breast cancer early

Indian-origin student has developed a smartphone app for early detection of breast cancer.

Written by PTI | Melbourne | Published: July 17, 2013 3:49 pm

An Indian-origin student in Australia has developed a smartphone app for early detection of breast cancer.

Sanjay Sreekumar,software engineering undergraduate from Australian National University,designed the app for breast cancer awareness organisation The Young Adults Programme (YAP).

The YAP app is designed to allow individuals to self-monitor for early signs of breast cancer. By providing monthly inputs of breast irregularities,the application can help identify if further medical screening is required.

“There’s a big potential for apps to provide a proactive means of detecting illnesses. This is not something that just targets specific people. It can affect everyone regardless of age and gender,” Sreekumar said.

“I always feel sympathetic when I hear stories about people suffering from cancer. This is something I can do,” he said in a statement. Sreekumar is currently working on improving the app by adding visual aids and multiple languages. He wants to get the word out to breast cancer organisations and promote the app internationally.

“The core of YAP is providing an additional means of examination to save lives. It could apply to many illnesses. I want to see this technology being used world-wide,” he said.

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