Design for Positive Breast Self-Exam Experience Using Mobile Apps

2021-07-27
Karadeniz Küçük, Aylin
Şener Pedgley, Bahar
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancer types among women, accountable for approximately 2.2 million new cases and 684,996 deaths globally in 2020. There are various screening methods to detect cancer early, and experts suggest that women should perform breast self-examination (BSE) once a month. Unfortunately, most women fail to do so even if they are aware of the risks and the importance of screening methods. The aim of this paper is to understand women's current behavior and experience with BSE and mobile BSE apps and to suggest several design dimensions for positive mobile BSE app experience by benefiting from positive technology. With this aim, three selected mobile BSE apps were used by a total of 24 participants for four weeks. A three-phase study was carried out to uncover women’s pre- during-, and post-usage experiences of BSE apps. The analysis revealed six headings under two themes: strategies, limitations, and emotions under BSE theme; and the needs, limitations, and benefits under Mobile Apps theme. Consequently, based on the findings, suggestions for design dimensions for BSE apps to better meet women’s needs by benefiting from levels of positive technology are made.

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Citation Formats
A. Karadeniz Küçük and B. Şener Pedgley, “Design for Positive Breast Self-Exam Experience Using Mobile Apps,” Gothenburg, İsveç, 2021, vol. 1, p. 1013, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/proceedings-of-the-design-society/article/design-for-positive-breast-selfexam-experience-using-mobile-apps/603F92595C93626CF06F4704917B089E.