Breast Cancer Plan
Health Risk Teaching Topic
The health risk topic chosen is breast cancer.
Ways of Reducing the Health Risk
The lifestyle habits and changes mentioned below can help decrease the risk of breast cancer.
- Limit the consumption of alcohol. There is a higher risk of developing breast cancer if one drinks more alcohol.
- Avoid smoking. In premenopausal women, there is a higher risk of developing breast cancer if one regularly smokes (Saunders & Jassal, 2014).
- Be physically active. Overweight often increases the risk of breast cancer.
- Limit hormone therapy duration. A combination of hormone therapy for more than three years increases the likelihood of developing breast cancer (Langley-Evans, 2015).
- Avoid radiation exposure. Some medical treatment methods such as computerized tomography use a dose of radiation and the tests should only be done if necessary.
Educational Activity for Reducing the Health Risk
In conjunction with local authorities, churches, and schools, a two-day workshop at the New York Public Library shall be organized. The targeted population shall be women who will be mobilized by the various stakeholders in the community. The major challenge will be acquiring resources to fund the workshop because it shall involve other trained and experienced personnel from different health departments of breast cancer in New York. Additionally, a lot of advertisements would have to be done before reaching at least 50% of the women in the city.
Description of the Plan
Breast cancer is among the significant health risks in New York. According to the New York State Department of Health, 15,000 women are diagnosed with the health risk each year, and it claims the life of 3,000 women each year (World Health Organization, 2019). The department of health estimates that there will be one in seven women who will develop the health risk each year.
The World Health Organization states that women, irrespective of their educational status, did not know about breast cancer. There is a learning need regarding the illness and self-care. There are also misconceptions and myths that should be clarified. Women are also unfamiliar with information resources regarding the illness (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2016).
Title of the Program: Breast Cancer Prevention Workshop
Targeted Audience: Women above the age of 18 years.
Learning Outcomes (Goals)
- After the workshop, women should be able to verbalize the understanding of breast cancer and its treatment.
- The targeted audience should be able to identify and practice the various prevention measures to curb the killer disease.
- The women should be able to get various clarification on myths and misconceptions about breast cancer.
- The women should be willing to share the information learned at the workshop with other members of society.
- The information shall be presented with audiovisual and computer-based supports, which shall include PowerPoint slides and projectors.
- Relevant videos on breast cancer shall be used to help the audience get precise information.
- Posters shall also be pinned in the hall and outside the room to demonstrate how breast cancer can be harmful.
- There shall be group discussions in which all the women shall share their experiences in the lifestyle and how it relates to the topic.
- A competent and trained staff shall be used to make teaching aids effective.
- There shall be question and answer sessions to respond to all the queries raised by the clients.
The Educational Activity (a plan) and Implementation
The educational activity shall be a workshop, which shall be held at a public library for two days. The officials shall grant permission before the commencement of the event. A report shall be written to the local authorities to ask for support of the function. The Non-governmental Organizations shall be incorporated to outsource trained personnel to help in the training sessions. A little fee shall be charged to carter for the meals of those in attendance. The sessions shall be running from 8 am to 4 pm on the first day. The meetings shall be divided to allow for an introduction to the health risk in which a trained staff shall explain the meaning of breast cancer to the members. The sessions for video clips and discussions shall also be covered in the first day. On the second day, there will be questions and answers session.
The women would be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of breast cancer and explain how the disease can be acquired.
- Engage in practices that reduce the risk of breast cancer.
- Participate in breast cancer prevention movements to save the lives of other women who are ignorant about the disease in society.
- Express information on the myths and misconceptions about the health risk correctly.
- Change the perception of the implications of the killer disease on those who have already developed it.
- Follow proper procedures in the implementation of their healthy diets, which prevents development of breast cancer.
“Breast Cancer: Prevention and Control.” World Health Organization, World Health Organization, 12 April 2019, www.who.int/cancer/detection/breastcancer/en/.
Langley-Evans, S. C. (2015). Nutrition: A lifespan approach. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Saunders, C., & Jassal, S. (2014). Breast cancer. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. (2016). Guide to clinical preventive services: Report of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins.