In this activity, students use text, diagrams, images and video clips to answer questions about cancer screening and diagnosis.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • gather, evaluate and synthesise information across a range of texts and media
  • use content-specific vocabulary to understand texts
  • discuss ways in which cancer cells differ from normal cells
  • discuss different methods of screening and diagnosing some types of cancer
  • consider some of the advantages and disadvantages of the various methods used to screen for breast cancer.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • extension idea
  • student handout.

Useful links

Find out about Breast Screen Aotearoa – New Zealand’s free national breast screening programme for women aged between 45 and 69.
www.nsu.govt.nz/current-nsu-programmes/breastscreen-aotearoa

Read what the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation has to say on mammograms and breast cancer screening.
www.nzbcf.org.nz/BREASTCANCER/Mammograms.aspx

    Published 21 July 2007, Updated 7 February 2013