Cancer Education: A Cycle of Ignorance
Approximately 90-95% of cancers are preventable and only 5-10% of cancers are inherited (National Cancer Institute, 2017 and American Cancer Society, 2020). However, cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide (CDC/National Center for Health Statistics, 2020). The question becomes if the majority of cancers can be prevented, why are millions of people dying from this disease every year?
Acknowledging the lack of education and the subject of cancer not being properly addressed in schools, Charlie created a committee at her school and worked with teachers to ensure that cancer education will be taught in different classes to ensure all students are reached.
“I learned that as difficult as it was, being able to research something that had never been done before and work to make a change was super fun, exciting, and rewarding. I learned that I am much stronger than I realize and that I have the courage and strength to talk to oncologists, to make these suggestions to teachers, to conduct a school-wide survey to ensure that cancer curriculum is effective. I learned that I can persevere.”