Saturday 21 October 2017

Breast cancer app launched

One third of women attending breast cancer clinics in Ireland have limited health literacy.
One third of women attending breast cancer clinics in Ireland have limited health literacy.
Antartic Ultra Marathon winner Keith Whyte started his preparations for the 8th Annual Clare Burren Marathon Challenge over the weekend
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Around 2,600 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and inevitably the internet is one of their ports of call for information.

But surgeon Mark Corrigan of Cork University Hospital points out: "As much as 90pc of medical information on the internet is inaccurate or difficult to read."

Now, to counter this, he is trying to dispel the myths and has developed the FYI: Breast Cancer App. "More and more, we see that patients attending a breast cancer clinic are using the internet for information." The app, which has been funded entirely by the Cork University Hospital (CUH) Charity, answers the top 50 most searched for questions about breast cancer on the internet in straightforward, plain English.

It explains what breast cancer is, the different types of breast cancer, what a breast cancer diagnosis means and what treatments are available. One third of women attending breast cancer clinics in Ireland have limited health literacy.

"We decided an app would be the best way to communicate correct, easy to read information. We hope that the FYI: Breast Cancer App will make a major difference to the hundreds of women attending breast cancer clinics who find themselves overwhelmed by the medical information they are given," said Corrigan.

CUH Charity helps to aid the funding of essential equipment and services for Cork Hospital.

Clare Burren Marathon Challenge

ANTARCTIC Ultra Marathon winner Keith Whyte started his preparations for the 8th Annual Clare Burren Marathon Challenge over the weekend.

Keith crossed the Antarctic 100k finish line in 9hrs 26mins last month and plans to be on the start line for the Clare Burren Marathon on May 23.

Entry is now open for all three challenges — the full, the half and the 10k mini on www.clareburrenmarathonchallenge.com. Alternatively, call 087 7779714 for entry forms.

Watch out for diabetes symptoms

People with type 2 diabetes frequently have no symptoms.

When symptoms do appear, one of the first may be an increase in thirst.

This is often accompanied by additional problems, including dry mouth, increased appetite, frequent urination - sometimes as often as every hour - and unusual weight loss or gain. Additional symptoms may include headaches, blurred vision, and fatigue.

In many cases, type 2 diabetes is not discovered until it takes a noticeable toll on health.

One red flag is troubling infections, such as cuts or sores that are slow to heal, frequent yeast infections or urinary tract infections and itchy skin.

Around 225,000 people living in Ireland are diabetic - 90pc have type 2 diabetes.

 

 

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