Primary Prevention Ideas

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    We had a great speaker (oncology nurse) this morning for class and I asked her "What are a couple of practical ways to approach primary prevention in the community". She replied with a couple of ideas including 1) speaking at a high school about smoking, 2)creating a prevention poster, or 3)involving public newspapers.. Do any of you out there have any interesting (or boring!) ideas to promote wellness and prevent health problems, or to get people involved in the community? Thankyou-thankyou,
    -David
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    Talking in high schools about tanning beds and melanoma!
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    Smoking cessation and education would undoubtedly be the biggest way to influence this as lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of both men and women and smoking is one of the few variables that you can control.
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    moved to nursing student assistance for best response
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    STD prevention and condom usage. Pts go to the ER or clinic every single day for an STD.
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    Quote from hodgieRN
    STD prevention and condom usage. Pts go to the ER or clinic every single day for an STD.
    This is a good one that could be connected to oncology as well. Since most forms of cervical cancer are caused by HPV, we can educate people to get vaccinated and to get their recommended screenings.
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    This is unrelated to cancer, but I am also a big fan of safety education with teenagers... helmets when biking, skateboarding, etc. is the biggest one that comes to mind. When I worked neurology/neurosurgery, every year when the weather got warm, the head injuries would skyrocket... and 9 times out of ten, the kid wasn't wearing a helmet.
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    If you aren't limiting yourself to cancer, a really good primary intervention for high-school aged youth is domestic / relationship abuse recognition, even if you don't get as far as covering date rape, for both boys and girls. You could tag-team it male/male, female/female with a female classmate, then switch off.
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    Quote from GrnTea
    If you aren't limiting yourself to cancer, a really good primary intervention for high-school aged youth is domestic / relationship abuse recognition, even if you don't get as far as covering date rape, for both boys and girls. You could tag-team it male/male, female/female with a female classmate, then switch off.
    For sure! Especially, with that news story of those guys that put pictures of their facebook of what they did. Disgusting.


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