The Cancer Referral Guidelines app will help doctors everywhere make a diagnosis
One of modern life's ugly realities is cancer, with 1 in 2 men, and 1 in 3 women diagnosed with the ugly c-word at some time in their lives. The same number of us, if not more, have a mobile device in our pockets - and every single day, clever devs are working out new ways in which we can use them for good.
The latest example comes from a team of health professionals in Scotland, who have just launched a new app to help family doctors, pharmacists, and other health professionals to spot the early signs of cancer in their patients, and refer them for treatment quickly.
Cancer Referral Guidelines (Android, iPhone), commissioned by the Scottish Government, includes a reference guide for medics on symptoms and images of what to look out for.
Health Secretary Shona Robison said: "The earlier a cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better the survival outcomes. Improving the number of patients diagnosed at an early stage will reduce premature deaths from cancer and have a positive effect on overall life expectancy. I would therefore urge all relevant health professionals to download and use this free app."
The app, which was was developed by the Scottish Centre for Enabling Technologies, based at the University of the West of Scotland, allows the guide to be continually updated when the user has an internet connection, updating health professionals with the latest clinical advice as quickly as possible. All of the app's info is also accessible offline.
Dr. Douglas Rigg, a Glasgow-based general practitioner who was involved in the app's development, said: "The app brings us quick access to information to support clinical decision-making. Mobile devices are becoming an integral part of GPs' equipment. Apps like this are part of the future of primary care and for GPs keeping knowledge up to date."