Beating cancer at school: working with Plashet School on early action to save lives

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Corporate author(s)
Community Links (Organisation)
Community Links
Date of publication
1 July 2012
Health Services, Children and Young People, Community Development and Regeneration, Education and Skills
Social welfare
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This report describes a community based campaign working in Plashet School, Newham to encourage early intervention and action in the detection and treatment of breast cancer. A key to the success of the project was that it allowed key messages to be developed by the participants and gave the girls scope to develop their own skills and knowledge. The project thus built on the enthusiasm of the students and the support of the School staff who allowed the project to cut across the curriculum. This meant that the project developed in directions that could not have been feasible had outputs been directed from the onset – for example in drama, hospital visits and parent evenings. The use of the school setting also provided the opportunity to share specific messages between two generations of mums and daughters.