Would a class about breast cancer be interesting to most 10th graders?

  1. I have to do an education project for class......having a hard time finding an interested teacher so I thought maybe I didn't pick an appropriate subject for 10th graders!! I had though that I could talk about risk factors, things to start or stop doing to lower your risk, and self-exams, and bring the breast models from our lab and let the students feel the rubber models with lumps in them and the normal ones.
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  3. by   NurseWeasel
    I don't think so. They'd be what, 15? They'd be mortified at that age, in my opinion.

    How about calling the teachers back and asking for suggestions? They work with the kids almost every day, should know what they need to know and what they're interested in.
  4. by   louloubell1
    My only experience with kids that age is drawn from having been a kid that age once. . .in a galaxy and time far, far away it would seem. I personally don't think that as a young teen that topic would have been very interesting to me. I say that mostly because of the age group of those at risk for the disease. I think a lot of teens would not be interested simply because they may think it is not relative to their personal lives at this point (though I realize learning to do a BSE would be beneficial to young women at this age). Maybe choosing a topic that teens would perceive as being more relevant to their stage in life would yield you better results, perhaps something having to do with drugs, alcohol, STDs, depression, suicide, etc.

    Lou
    Convicted of placenta previa & serving time on couch arrest ~day 10
  5. by   WashYaHands
    I once manned a booth at a highschool health fair with the breast cancer models and testicular cancer models. The students were nervous about it and cracked all kinds of jokes. The boys took the testicle model and played hackysack with it. When I stopped them and said, "hey, testicular cancer is most prevalent in males your age, you need to know what these feel like", their response was, "oh, we know what they feel like". If you present this topic, be prepared for hecklers and jokes.

    One of the most effective projects that I've done was on STI's. I fill 3 oz. dixie cups with water, but fill one with clear windex. This represents body fluids. I ask each student to take a cup and I give them 15-20 minutes to mingle (quietly). I tell them that I want them to share the water in their cup with at least one other person, more if they choose, and only with people that they trust. After they mingle each student gets a pH dip stick that turns blue if submerged in the windex solution, but not the water. In the end, more than one person has a blue dip stick and I tell them that if your dipstick turned blue, you've contracted an STI. Things get really quiet at that point and then they start trying to figure out who gave them the STI. Some of them get pretty angry. At any rate, it makes a point and it's a good lead in to the STI lecture.
  6. by   NurseWeasel
    Now THAT would be a cool one, and relevant to the population! Great idea, WashYaHands!!!
  7. by   sunnygirl272
    wash rocks!!!!
  8. by   researchrabbit
    Another great presentation for high school students is medical ethics. You can get some GREAT discussions going, especially when it comes to medical research. If you want some ideas, PM me -- I've given a similar presentation for the past ten years now.

    I usually start out with history -- Nazi war crimes trials. Then the safeguards put in place on research afterwards. Then I bring up the Tuskegee syphilis experiments. THEN I ask if they think research subjects are protected NOW...and bring up a recent case (my current favorite is the lead paint one done through an associate of Johns Hopkins). Then we talk about some of the research in the news; what do they think? What's ethical? Are the patient's rights protected?
  9. by   louloubell1
    I love that idea WashYaHands! How appropriate: a blue dipstick. LOL!

    Lou
    Couch arrest day 10
  10. by   RNonsense
    oooooooooooh WashYaHands...I like that!!! Hopefully still makes them all go "hmmmmm..."
  11. by   susanmary
    Sports injuries would be an excellent topic -- most frequent, how to prevent, etc. You could tie in a careers to this -- sports medicine, orthopedics, etc. Make it meaningful & to-the-point! Good luck.
    Last edit by susanmary on Jan 12, '03
  12. by   mona b RN
    I think it is a good idea. There is never a bad time to learn about our bodies. Sure, you will get the giggles and the gross comments but these kids need to learn about things that can kill them. With cancer on the rise, (especially breast cancer) knowledge is definately power. So I guess it depends on what the objectives of your presentation are. Is it supposed to be light and on the surface or do you really want to teach these kids about cancer?

    On another note, young women need information and they need to be taught to be proactive early on. They need to learn that they need to be agggressive in matters of their own health. Nobody else is gonna do it for them. Of course this applies to young men as well. Probably more so because men typically don't go for checkups and such. We teach them drivers ed and from what my kids tell me the movies they show in that class are gross and to the point. So maybe we should teach the youngins about cancer. To answer the question "Would a class be interesting..." probably not but you might reach one person who would use the info wisely

    mona b
  13. by   lynnintn
    I was on bedrest with my last 2 babies; I was on a SQ brethine pump with my last one for 4 months; Just wanted ya to know I've been there and I hope you are doing okay.

    Kim
  14. by   lynnintn
    I think something along the lines of risks of body piercings or tattoos would catch the interest of 10th graders; Lou's web site could help on that subject.

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