App available for adolescent, young adult cancer survivors
Deborah Vollmer Dahlke, chair of the Cancer Alliance of Texas and doctoral student at the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) School of Rural Public Health, helped design the AYA Healthy Survivorship phone app, which targets cancer survivors ages 15-39.
Regents Professor Marcia Ory, Ph.D., of the TAMHSC-School of Rural Public Health, notes young adult cancer survivors often lack clear guidance about cancer follow-up care and what can be done to foster healthy survivorship.
The AYA Healthy Survivorship phone app assesses health habits using an interactive assessment tool that includes a body mass index (BMI) calculator. The assessment gives a score for lifestyle, physical activity, diet and nutrition, and well-being.
The app emphasizes the importance of engaging in health-promoting lifestyle behaviors and establishing a survivorship plan. It offers personalized tips for being more active, eating better and living a healthier life, along with current guidelines on cancer prevention screening.
The AYA Healthy Survivorship app is available for download through iTunes .