A free smartphone app to help women examine their breasts was launched for Sunday's World Cancer Day.
The new Self-Check app provides a visual step-by-step guide and helps users to recognise the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
It can also give an automatic monthly reminder to help women get into the habit of regular checks and enables them to monitor their health.
The app was donated to the Help Those With Cancer Association (Tulips) by its creator, the TRNC's Health Tourism Council, which used Map2heal Health Tourism and Software Ltd to develop it as part of its cancer awareness and prevention strategy.
It was announced at a press conference staged by Tourism Council head Ahmet Savaşan, Tulips founder and head Raziye Kocaismail, Bahar Gökhan of the Cyprus Patients' Relatives Association and senior officials of the Telsim mobile phone firm Fevzi Tanpınar and Nil Zorlu Atai.
Dr Savaşan pointed to a rise in cancer worldwide and said: “The majority of cases are preventable and this app aims to make breast cancer checking more accessible for everyone, also allowing diagnosis at an early stage.
Mrs Kocaismail said there were an average of 250 to 300 breast cancer diagnoses in the TRNC each year and added: “Our association has been trying to raise awareness to get women and their children into the habit of regular checks, which are crucial for prevention of the disease."
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