Background to Breast Cancer Awareness Resource

This resource will provide high school students with information and strategies to learn about and understand breast cancer awareness.

A key objective is for students to learn about ways to support themselves and family members who are affected by breast cancer or other similar diagnoses.
The resource has been developed by Breast Cancer Care WA, which aims to provide support to those with breast cancer and their families.

The resource covers the following topics:

  • Breast cancer – what it is and how it is treated
  • Facts and fallacies about breast cancer
  • Body awareness
  • Support services
  • Awareness of breast cancer in the community

Students can complete various activities on breast cancer awareness, utilising different learning strategies. Activities can be completed in any order to suit class needs.

Facilitator Guides and Student Activities and Information is available on each module page. Documents are in Microsoft® Word® format, which may be modified as desired and printed for classroom use.

A DVD containing interviews of four young people who have been affected by breast cancer is also available upon request through Breast Cancer Care WA. E-mail to order your copy today.

  • Luisa – Luisa was 30 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time, she had a 4-month-old baby and a 3½-year-old child. Luisa talks about the positive outcomes of her journey with cancer and the role of friends and family in recovery. Luisa is now 40, cancer free and loves spending time with her boys. (Duration: 7:32)
  • James – James’ mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was about to start high school, and she has been dealing with secondary cancer for 16 years. At the time of making this resource, she continues to live with the disease. (Duration: 8:31) 
  • Simone and Lisa – Simone and Lisa were in primary school when their mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Unfortunately, their mother lost her life to breast cancer three years after being diagnosed. Simone and Lisa have finished school and are studying in their chosen fields. (Duration: 10:35)
  • Nelson – Nelson is an Aboriginal boy who lives in Broome with his mother, Sue, a well known artist in the Kimberley region in the north of Western Australia.
    Sue was diagnosed with breast cancer 6 years ago, but is now cancer free. (Duration: 5:11)

Breast Cancer Care WA would greatly appreciate your feedback on this resource and other initiatives they currently have in place. Please complete our online survey or e-mail with your comments.