More than 2,500 students in Hazelwood School District's three high schools are learning valuable health lessons in continuation of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Hazelwood has partnered with Dr. Lannis Hall, Director of Radiation Oncology at Siteman Cancer Center in St. Peters and Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology at the Washington University School of Medicine, to offer five sessions of the 'Young Women's Health Series' focused on women's health and breast cancer awareness; the first hour-long presentation was held Oct. 26 at Hazelwood East High School.
The primary message of Dr. Hall's presentation is a call to action designed to encourage students to share what they learn with their mothers, aunts, cousins, and other family members who could also benefit.
"This has become a critical issue because breast cancer mortality is rising in our region," Dr. Hall said. "One of the reasons is because we are not pursuing early detection, screening, and treatment in the way that we should."
Students also learned about factors that can contribute to breast cancer, and how to lead healthier lives to minimize those risk factors.
Dr. Hall stresses that mammography screenings save lives, and teaching as many young women as possible about the benefits of screenings can go a long way.
"We can do better, we must do better - this is critical for our families," she added.
Four more sessions will be offered to HSD students, including:
- Friday, Nov. 2 at Hazelwood Central High School, session one at 8 a.m. and session two at 9:10 a.m.
- Friday, Nov. 9 at Hazelwood West High School, session one at 8 a.m. and session two at 9:10 a.m.