About the Sunflower reminder service

Introduction

After coronary artery diseases and cerebrovascular accidents, breast cancer has become the biggest enemy of the Western world. It can strike at any stage of your life but it is predominantly frequent between the ages of 55 and 70. In some cases it develops rapidly, while for others it could take 10, 20 or even 30 years. For instance, in Britain cancer has been diagnosed to one out of three women at some point of their life, while one out of four dies.

There are two groups of great danger:

  1. Women who have never nursed or given birth to a child, heavy smokers, lack of exercise, overweight and the use of oestrogen replacement therapy in menopause for more than 10 years. Menopause replacement therapy for a period of up-to 5 years is safe.
  2. Women with a breast or ovarian cancer family history, especially those who have first degree relatives who were diagnosed under the age of fifty.

In Cyprus there are nearly 300 new incidents each year. Mammography exams and the cervical smear known as Papanicolaou Test help in diagnosing breast and cervical cancers at early stages. Cancer can be cured or kept under control with continuous doctor supervision; however, the biggest problems arise when the disease is neglected and diagnosis and cure are delayed. The main reason for that are negligence, prejudice and fear.

Since a large number of women take no precautions by failing to have regular check ups, the Sunflower reminder service aims to reduce this factor, making negligence a thing of the past!

Project Overview

This project is an additional tool for improving the efficiency of preventive medicine, targeting the reduction of morbidity and mortality of women from breast and cervical cancer. During the first five years of its implementation, the response rate of women to the system will be evaluated. Biostatistics will be essential for this purpose. In the near future, the Database can also be used to remind people for their PSA (Prostatic Specific Antigen) and colonoscopy tests as measures for prevention and early diagnosis of prostate and colon cancer.

Involved authorities and professions

  • Society / people
  • Doctors
  • Anti cancer organizations
  • Telecommunication Authorities – CYTA
  • IT – Sideshow ( formerly Netymology Ltd)
  • Biostatistics – Dpt of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Cyprus
  • Aretaeio Hospital