UNMC workshop lets teachers add cancer prevention to classrooms


Omaha area high school teachers are encouraged to learn about cancer prevention and how to integrate it into the school curriculum during a free workshop at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on Sept. 15.

Two international cancer experts will present an all-day Cancer Prevention Education Workshop, sponsored by a small grant - “Breast cancer educate to prevent” - from the Susan G. Komen organization, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UNMC’s College of Public Health, Rooms 3001 and 3009.

Filipe Silva, Ph.D., and Ana Barros, Ph.D., of Porto, Portugal, will share how they integrated cancer prevention into high school curriculum in Portugal.

For the past two years, they have worked with Denise Britigan, Ph.D., assistant professor, health promotion, UNMC College of Public Health, and Benson High School Magnet teachers to develop a pilot course for their health professions academy track.

The course began last year and teaches the importance of cancer screenings for skin, breast, cervical, lung and colon cancers, of which 80 percent are preventable; how diet and exercise prevents cancer; cancer statistics and the geographic location of cancer pockets; and what happens when a family member or friend gets cancer.

Attendees may participate in a walking tour of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and view the center’s healing arts video at 4 p.m.

Registration is required by Sept. 13 and is limited to 60 people. For more information, go to

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