How would you like to make breast cancer research history? There’s now an app for that, and we hope everyone we know will download and use it.
The app is the “Share the Journey” breast cancer app, introduced Monday by Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple’s Spring Forward event. Share the Journey is a free download and a game-changer in breast cancer research designed to help breast cancer patients today and for generations to come.
We’re proud of the Komen connection to this app, which was developed by the nonprofit Sage Bionetworks with input from three of our Komen Scholars and our partner, Dr. Susan Love.
The Share the Journey app is groundbreaking on two fronts: It gives breast cancer patients the ability to track their post-treatment progress daily, while also contributing data to a larger body of medical research aimed at improving quality of life for millions living with the effects of breast cancer treatment.
Why is this important?
Breast cancer patients know that the effects of their treatment can be felt for months and even years. Women and men suffer fatigue, pain, memory loss, anxiety, difficulty concentrating and a host of other symptoms. They often feel uncomfortable talking about these symptoms or, worse yet, feel that their issues are ignored. And without large-scale scientific research about these symptoms, doctors often don’t have the information they need to help their patients.
This app aims to change that. Here’s how you can join in:
- Learn more about the app at sharethejourneyapp.org and download it from the iTunes App Store. QUICK TIP: We hear that finding the app in the App Store can be a little tricky; use the link provided here to go directly to the app.
- Read my blog post, An App for That: Game-Changer for Breast Cancer Patients, on Huffington Post.
- Spread the word, and encourage other women to join the study!
Although the study is geared to breast cancer patients post-treatment, all women – regardless of whether or not they’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer – are encouraged to participate in this groundbreaking initiative. All information is confidential, and YOU decide how to share your data.
Oh, and Android users? There’s an Android version coming soon. Men, there’s an app in the planning stages for you as well. Stay tuned!
Thank you for all you do to help us reach our goal of putting an end to breast cancer forever.
Judy Salerno, M.D., M.S.
President & CEO, Susan G. Komen