New mobile game app to prevent cervical cancer

28.11.2017
The mobile game “FightHPV” is designed to communicate complicated health information about viruses and cancer in an easy-to-understand way. The hope is that greater knowledge will lead more women to participate in a large-scale cervical cancer study. Researchers from the Cancer Registry of Norway developed the game app with funding by NordForsk through the Nordic Information for Action eScience Centre (NIASC), a Nordic Centre of Excellence.

Cervical cancer is a disease that is largely preventable through vaccination and regular screening examinations. Many Norwegian women, however, do not follow the screening recommendations of the health authorities. The Cancer Registry of Norway and Simula have therefore developed the educational mobile game “FightHPV” to raise awareness about the human papillomavirus (HPV), the main cause of cervical cancer.

The proliferation of smartphones makes it possible to use a game approach to raise awareness about HPV and the need for screening. But scientifically, this is still mostly uncharted territory. The new mobile app therefore aims to communicate complicated health information about viruses and cancer in an understandable way, which will hopefully increase knowledge and lead to wider participation in the large-scale Norwegian Cervical Cancer Screening Programme.

The project is funded by NordForsk through the Nordic Information for Action eScience Centre (NIASC), which is a Nordic Centre of Excellence.

Facts about the NIASC

The purpose of the Nordic Information for Action eScience Centre (NIASC) is to develop computer-based tools to manage and analyse data from the Nordic health registries and biobanks, and to enhance the capability to use data from national health registries and biobanks in the health care sector. The new tools are to be put into practice via a pilot project for improved, more cost-effective cancer screening programmes.

Read more about the NIASC here

Text: Jakob Chortsen

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