Breast Cancer Health Expo

Recently, my school conducted a health expo focusing on health promotion and addressing multiple health topics relevant to adolescents. One such topic was breast cancer, and my friends and I were responsible for this stall. We thought it effectively raised awareness about cancer by educating visitors on the risk-factors of breast cancer and its impact on health, including its affect on physical health by causing fatigue, nausea and breast swelling and also emotional health, sometimes causing depression and anxiety. We also addressed how to prevent breast cancer, which allowed visitors to begin preventing being diagnosed with the disease and develop positive habits.



For the duration of the expo, a PowerPoint presentation played that contained information about the signs of breast cancer and how people can support breast cancer research. Additionally, a brochure was distributed that highlighted the risk factors of the disease. Providing this information informed people how they can improve their health regarding breast cancer and help support the search for a cure, and visitors to our stall told us how they were going to enact the information we had provided. 


The PowerPoint also contained information about mammograms and early detection of breast cancer. On the day, numerous students told us they would speak to their female relatives about mammograms and teachers told us they would consult with their doctors. We were so happy that we were able to raise awareness about early detection of breast cancer, as this is such a vital way of ensuring treatments are successful.


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Among other things at the expo, I was responsible for creating a ‘proposal’ for my school to hold a ‘Pink Accessories Day’ that visitors to our stall were asked to sign. We proposed that, for a gold coin donation, students could wear pink accessories for one day to raise money for breast cancer research. We were glad that we were able to encourage people to work together to support breast cancer research by signing the proposal. On the day, nearly 300 people signed, which was a fantastic result. We look forward to the 'Pink Accessories Day' and being able to raise money for breast cancer research.


Our breast cancer stall was very popular and successful on the day of the health expo, being a fun, educational and appealing. We had hundreds of visitors, who all enjoyed themselves, asking questions about breast cancer and responding enthusiastically to the information presented to them. As breast cancer greatly affects society,  it was wonderful that we were able to raise awareness about breast cancer and propose action to raise money for breast cancer research. I was especially glad to be able to raise awareness about the deadly disease that took the lives of some close family friends.

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Overall, the health expo was a great experience and my breast cancer stall was successful.

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Education and awareness: the best ways to prevent breast cancer.

Education and raising awareness is one of the best ways of preventing cancer. Through education and awareness, people can learn how to prevent cancer and minimise the risk-factors of cancer. So today, I thought I would share some information about breast cancer.
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Breast cancer is a major risk to the community, being “the most common invasive cancer diagnosed in females in Australia,” (BreastCancer Care WA2010). “Currently, one in nine women and will be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 85,” (Cancer Australia, 2011) and “breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer related death in females,” (BreastCancer Care WA2010). It has a devastating impact on health, affecting physical health by causing fatigue, nausea and breast swelling and also emotional health, sometimes causing depression and anxiety.
Two of the major risks-factors of breast cancer are having a poor diet and drinking alcohol. Preventing being diagnosed with the disease by reducing the presence of these risk factors is vital. People should try to eat a healthy and balanced diet with lots of fruit and vegetables. They should also refrain from drinking alcohol to excess. In fact, scientists say that just one small glass one wine a day substantially increases your risk of breast cancer, so alcohol consumption should be as minimal as possible. Also, breast cancer can be prevented by exercising regularly and simply maintaining a positive outlook (Kulze, 2009). Simple things like these can make a huge difference in your chance of developing breast cancer.


Hopefully, you will be able to take some of this information on board and use it to minimise your risk of breast cancer.

Take care,
Madeleine Moore

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Welcome to Determined to Cure! My name is Madeleine Moore and my aim for this site is to raise awareness about cancer and cancer research. I also hope to equip people with the knowledge and power to take action to reduce their risk of developing cancer and support people around them, and the families of those people, who are suffering from this awful disease.

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Currently, one in three males and one in four females will be diagnosed with cancer before 75. We must take action to reduce this statistic. We are determined to cure the incurable; determined to help find a cure for cancer. Please support Determined to Cure by following this site and the Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest accounts to receive frequent updates.

I truly appreciate your help in my mission to find a cure for cancer.

Take care,
Madeleine Moore