Breast and cervical cancers are common and deadly. The American Cancer Society (ACA) estimates that, each year, more than 250,000 women and 2,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer. About 40,610 women and 460 men die from it. Another 12,820 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 4,210 women die from it. Cis-gendered men cannot contract cervical cancer, but they can become infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), one of its main causes. They can then give HPV to partners who could develop cervical cancer.

Looking for breast and cervical cancers early—before any symptoms appear—is an important way to save women’s lives.

This module will help you understand breast cancer, cervical cancer and HPV so that you can educate your clients about the importance of early detection through regular screenings. You will also learn about risk factors and preventive strategies that may help keep your clients healthy and cancer-free.