Instead of thinking about what you will do when you’re diagnosed with cancer, think about what you can do now so you are not diagnosed.

School Educational Programs

Teachers – due to the current circumstances with COVID-19, we have adjusted our normal procedures.  Instead of presenting in person, we are now offering our presentations either live over Google Meet/Zoom or recorded.  We also have worksheets that go along with each unit.  

Presentations are offered free of charge to schools.  To help with funding applications, all we ask of teachers is that our pre- and post presentation surveys are completed by students.

Your students receive the information they need to lead lives built on healthy choices that will significantly reduce their risk of getting cancer. Our presentations work well as complement to a unit focused on nutrition or making healthy lifestyle choices. Your BCFF Community Educator will have a PowerPoint presentation saved to a flash drive and a clicker to navigate through the overhead presentation. We use visual props helps to keep your students engaged and curious throughout this learning experience.

We currently have three P.A.C.E. units available for presentations:  

  • Cancer and Healthy Living
  • Nutrition for Cancer Prevention
  • VAPE Education

P.A.C.E. – Main Cancer and Healthy Living Unit


  • 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.

Presentation Includes:

  • 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:
    • Worksheets, educational literature, including information regarding breast & testicular self-exams
    • UV sensitive color-changing bracelet
    • A “caring message card” for the student to give to an adult in their life reminding them to get cancer screenings done

Nutrition for Cancer Prevention

Presentation Includes:

  • Interactive PowerPoint presentation, covering:
    • Recommended amount of each food group: vegetables, protein, carbs, etc.
    • Why each food group is good for you in terms of reducing your cancer risk
    • Why to look out for sugar
    • “Sugar is Killing Us” video
    • How to read food labels and nutrition facts
    • Interactive “Look at Your Own Label” activity

VAPE Education

Presentation Includes:

  • Interactive PowerPoint presentation, covering:
    • Overview of tobacco cigarettes including their history and why they are not good for us
    • Intro to e-cigarettes with history on creation
    • What components go into an e-cigarette
    • Current teenage usage numbers and statistics
    • Ingredients in e-cigarettes including harmful chemicals and their effects on our bodies
    • Nicotine and e-cigarettes
    • How the government is working to fight the issue

Here’s what one of our teachers had to say about our education program …

“I have been a teacher for almost twelve years and have always been a health advocate for students in both my elementary and middle school classrooms. The topic of adolescent cancer prevention is one that NEEDS to be discussed in a school setting, but unfortunately often does not due to other curricular priorities. Giving students the valid information at an early age gives them the best chance to make important decisions regarding nutrition, exercise, sleep, and sunscreen use—all decisions that will impact all aspects of their present and future health, not only in cancer prevention. Academics and health go hand-in-hand, which is why presentations from the Beat Cancer Family Foundation only make sense to have more frequently in schools.”