App Helps Women Monitor Own Health
Petrayris Del Angel knows software. A manager with a global bank, she is responsible for overseeing an array of software applications.
She was less adept at the nuances of launching a business. That's where Hillsborough County's small-business seminars, classes, and consultations were a big help.
Del Angel says her new endeavor, a mobile app called My Lumps, benefitted greatly from the no-cost programs run or coordinated through the County's Economic Development department.
"The classes that they have are fantastic," says Del Angel, who lives near Brandon.
The app helps women assess their own health and physical characteristics, and make note of any abnormalities found during breast self-examinations. It compares the size and shape of "lumps" to common objects such as peas and marbles. Having all this information readily accessible on a mobile phone makes it easier for women to have productive discussions with their doctors.
"It's really a tool that empowers women to advocate for their own health," Del Angel says of her app. "The problem isn't that women aren't doing the exam. It's that they don't know what to do with the information they gather."
Del Angel, who has a family history of breast cancer, came up with the idea after a doctor visit. Advised to perform self-exams and come back in six months, she searched online for an electronic way to record the information she attained. She found nothing.
"It's a practical problem. I wanted a practical solution," she says.
A colleague helped Del Angel design the app, and she also hired a website developer. Meanwhile she conferred with an Entrepreneur Services consultant and participated in business-related classes at Economic Development's Entrepreneur Collaborative Center. She hopes to partner with a cancer institute or nonprofit organization to market her app.
Entrepreneur Services has a variety of no-cost, confidential programs to assist entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses. Classes and consultations are available virtually or at the Entrepreneur Collaborative Center in Ybor City.
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Hillsborough County's Board of County Commissioners has designated October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Its recent proclamation notes a National Breast Cancer Foundation statistic that one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer.