The problem of technology and medicine

Technology has created many improvements in the world of medicine, which can be corroborated from plastic surgeons to Mexico dentists, and is currently booming a lot of applications, 599 to be exact that promise to identify breast cancer and experts have concluded that the majority develops without medical criteria.

Breast cancer affects more than 1.5 million women each year. In 2015, it caused 570,000 deaths, according to data from the World Health Organization. With the generalization of smartphones, apps have proliferated on this disease.

A study has analyzed 599 breast cancer apps available in the stores of the iOS systems of Apple and Android. The main conclusion, they said, is that most do not meet the necessary criteria so that their reliability can be evaluated.

80% of these apps do not cite the source from which they have extracted the data they handle.

Also, only a quarter of them has some warning or warning about their use. This means that if a woman has the disease, experiences some symptom or is worried and decides to use one of these apps, she will not find anything in them that will guide her in the search for the right help.

80% of these apps do not cite the source from which they have extracted the data they handle.

In most of these applications, there is no information on whether there have been collaborations with health entities in their preparation. And, although more than half promote treatments, they do not include the recommendation to consult with medical professionals.

Homeopathy and ‘alternative’ medicine
The results of the study indicate that most of the applications found under the breast cancer descriptor in the Apple and Google stores were free and directed to patients.

The most common type contained information about the disease and its treatment (30%) and 19% dealt with its management. The authors also noted that 15% addressed issues of awareness and awareness and that one in ten dealt with therapies with homeopathy and alternative medicine.

There are different levels of disinformation in these health apps, from a dubious material, which includes data on the disease without a source, too dangerous indications such as prolonged fasting or self-hypnosis sessions to neutralize cancer. All this brings us back to the importance that the information offered is validated.