Breast Health Education

The Foundation’s Breast Health Education for Young Women Facilitator’s Guide is designed to increase young women’s skills and knowledge about breast health. Revised in 2012, this user-friendly educational tool has been used by communities far and wide to reach young women with information about breast health and breast cancer. The guide also encourages information-sharing with female relatives who are age-appropriate for screening. The guide was developed for use in interactive group sessions in partnership with the Howard University Cancer Center. Download the facilitator’s guide here.

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From urban schools in Minnesota and health fairs in New York to a health center in Bermuda, educators are using the guide in schools and community settings to teach breast health to young women. “The materials were straightforward and easy to use,” commented a facilitator from Texas. Nurses, health educators and group leaders have used the facilitator’s guide to cover breast cancer myths and facts and to encourage young women to advocate for their health.

Breast Health Education for Young Women has many roots, none more significant than Project Early Awareness, a breast health program for public high school students in Washington, DC, which has one of the highest state-level breast cancer mortality rates in the US. Begun in 2001 by Howard University Cancer Center in partnership with the Foundation, the program is designed as a long-term solution to reduce breast cancer disparities. The Foundation funded and supported the program from 2001 to 2010.