School Educational Programs

Did you know obesity is now the number one cause of cancer!  In the United States 374,000 cancer cases per year could be prevented by making changes to a healthier diet, activity habits and weight.  That translates to about one third of the cancer cases (American Institute for Cancer Research, 2014).  However, fewer than half of Americans are aware that body weight affects people’s risk of getting cancer (World Cancer Report, 2014).

Beat Cancer Family Foundation’s mission is to “Inspire people in our community to lead cancer-free healthy lifestyles.” This is achieved by providing cancer awareness and prevention presentations on all types of cancer to local schools, businesses, and community groups.  Since September 2001 the Beat Cancer Family Foundation has presented educational programs to over 120,508 students in Northeast & Central Wisconsin. In 2019 we provided 519 presentations to 72 schools in Northeastern & Central  Wisconsin, reaching 17,024 students.

Our educational programs discuss all forms of cancer, emphasizing awareness, early detection methods, and healthy lifestyle behaviors.  Students learn healthy habits (nutrition, exercise, detection, etc.) they can adopt now to help reduce their risk of developing cancer later in life.

Would you like BCFF to present at your high school?  Contact us for more information!

Presentations are at no charge to the school and can accommodate any time frame.


  • Interactive PowerPoint presentation, covering:
    • “What is Cancer?”
    • Cancer statistics
    • Treatments (both traditional and overview of some integrative treatment options)
    • Breast, cervical, testicular, and skin cancer
    • Risk reduction strategies
    • Healthy lifestyle behaviors related to nutrition, sleep, physical activity, and others.
    • Short and long-term risks associated with unhealthy behaviors like using tobacco, drinking alcohol to excess, and tanning.
    • Body awareness and the importance of early cancer detection/treatment
  • Short educational videos
  • Inter-active question and answer throughout presentation
  • Program hand-out materials include:
    • Coming soon Interactive workbook and educational literature, including information regarding breast & testicular self-exams
    • Healthy food snacks
    • A “caring message card” for the student to give to an adult in their life reminding them to get cancer screenings done


    • Broaden student awareness on the different types of cancers and the increased risk associated with certain activities.
    • Outline healthy lifestyle behaviors and their rewards.
    • Encourage students to discuss the presentation with their parents and seek professional advice regarding unusual changes to their body.