The Becca app by the charity offers help to people as they adjust following the end of treatment for breast cancer.
The app has been launched in Welsh after the National Lottery awarded £655,000 to the charity three years ago to fund development of the service, including a Welsh option.
The move has been made to increase UK wide accessibility of the app, which offers support to women as they adapt to life after breast cancer treatment.
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Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, affecting more than 55,000 people, including 2,900 in Wales.
“We’re so proud that Becca, our unique end of treatment support app, is now bilingual and provides a Welsh language option, ensuring women in Wales can access its information and support in their preferred language,” said Breast Cancer Now Chief Executive Delyth Morgan.
“Women often feel very vulnerable at the end of breast cancer treatment, with many experiencing fears about the cancer coming back, damaged body confidence and debilitating side effects, from lymphoedema and pain to hot flushes and night sweats.
“Offering the Becca app’s tailored support in Welsh will help make it as accessible as possible for women in Wales and empower and equip more women for life beyond breast cancer treatment.”
The Welsh feature on the app has been created with a panel of Welsh speaking volunteers who have all had a breast cancer diagnosis. Professional translators and those at the National Lottery Community Welsh Office have also been involved.
The app also includes machine-learning technology that allows it to learn from users’ interactions and tailor content accordingly.
Breast cancer survivor Glenda Burke, who has used the Welsh version of the app, said: “A friend recommended that I download Becca to help me move forward and it’s been fantastic. It reassures me that I’m not the only one worrying about the cancer returning and it also gives tips on managing the side effects from treatment that I’m experiencing, including fatigue and joint pain.
“Now I’m able to access Becca in Welsh, the app is even more relevant for me. It’s the language I’m most comfortable using and I know so many other women will really appreciate this option too.”