The breast health
component will educate the students on the following breast cancer issues:
- Risk factors
- How to do breast
- Pros and cons of
- Healthy lifestyles
that can help reduce the risk of breast cancer
- An orientation
to national and your local health advocacy organizations
Use the Breast
Health Fact Sheet to guide a discussion about breast health. The fact
sheet can be used for students to follow along as the instructor guides
the discussion, or the students can divide into groups to study the fact
sheet and present what they learned.
Have students form
small groups and read through the Breast Health
Fact Sheet after the instructor or student groups have presented the
information. This will give the students a chance to review any information
that they did not grasp.
Then have students
read through the brochures on how to perform a Breast Self-Exam. If possible,
try to find the brochures in English and some other of the students' native
languages. You can also use other brochures from local health clinics
or national organizations about breast cancer or mammograms.
Have the students
write a short essay addressing their fears and concerns about breast cancer
or any other serious health condition. Ask them to think of some ways
in which they can help prevent these conditions. Encourage them to write
about some of the positive habits and/or lifestyle changes they can make
to improve their health. Ask them to address the risk factors that they
believe are possible to change( i.e. diet, exercise, reducing weight,
stress reduction, etc.)
Have the students
watch the video "Women Take Care... Take
Action." Then have students form small groups and discuss the
Use the story Breast
Cancer As I Lived It (available in English and Spanish). Have the
students take turns reading parts of the story aloud. Then form small
groups and discuss the impact of the story.
Divide the class into
two groups (although they will do the activity as a whole class). One
group will be in favor of getting regular mammograms and/or encouraging
the women in their lives to do so. The other group will be skeptical.
Have the groups stay in character and discuss the pros and cons, benefits
and fears of mammograms.
Identify some local
or national organizations that do advocacy for cancer, breast cancer,
or women's health. Then have the students, individually or in small groups,
write letters to one or more of the organizations to obtain more current
information on this subject. The materials they receive can be used in
a research paper, and/or further presentation. This is also an excellent
opportunity for the students to become aware of advocacy programs.
(You may want to use
some of your own materials on proper letter format. This is also a good
time to review address abbreviations and proper letter labeling when they
send their letters to the following organizations.)
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