Not many maybe aware of this, but Mr. Bachchan is a survivor of tuberculosis and Hepatitis B. In the recent years he has been associated with various health campaigns like Polio, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis and Diabetes to spread awareness. At the launch of the app, the actor said that timely detection, treatment and awareness can help a person survive any disease. He shared his own story as an example to drive his point home.
"In 2005 when I was diagnosed with Hepatitis B, my 75 per cent liver was already damaged. I have been surviving with my 25 per cent liver since then. Because the disease was detected at a time and proper care was taken, today I am standing in front of you people.”
“In 2007, I was diagnosed with tuberculosis at an early stage, so I was able to take a treatment and come out of it. In short, I am saying from my life experiences, timely detection of any diseases is always beneficial," said Mr. Bachchan.
"Since I have been associated with various health campaigns, I have realised that people have very less knowledge about such diseases and are living with many misconceptions. This app will help commoners to gain a general awareness about breast cancer," he added.
The app is available on Google Play and Apple for free downloading. A proposal has also been submitted to the Health Ministry to consider incorporating the application in the official health portal of the Union Government.
Inputs from IANS
We live in a world of technology. Thanks to all sorts of gadgets and apps, we now have easy access to whatever information we seek. Coming to healthcare too, there are various apps available now that can help you in the need of the hour. Take Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan’s recently launched an app for breast cancer as an example, which is named 'ABC of Breast Health'. This is the first-ever mobile app in the world dedicated to breast health and is launched in 12 most popular languages in the country. It's conceived, created and designed by Ushalaskhmi Breast Cancer Foundation.