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Programs for adults
9 Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Risk
Up to 50 percent of cancer cases in the United States could be prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices. Learn more about how healthy choices and regular screening exams can protect you against cancer.
Breast Cancer: Learn How to Reduce Your Risk
Learn what puts you at risk, how to reduce your risk and what screening exams you need to detect breast cancer early, when it's most treatable.
Cancer Symptoms Women Shouldn’t Ignore
The signs of cancer can be vague and similar to symptoms of other illnesses. Learn what to watch out for, tests to find cancer early when it’s most treatable, and lifestyle changes that can lower your risk.
Colorectal Cancer: It's More Common Than You Think
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women. Learn how to lower your risk and when to get screened. Available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
How to Spot Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Being aware of how your skin looks and knowing how to spot changes is a great defense against skin cancer and melanoma. Our expert will provide the information you need to spot skin cancer and take action.
Six Cancers, One Vaccine: What You Should Know About HPV
HPV causes six cancers in males and females. The HPV vaccine, when given to boys and girls age 11-12, is the best protection against the virus that causes these cancers. Our expert can answer your questions about HPV-related cancers and the HPV vaccine. Available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
The Truth About Tobacco and Vaping: What You Should Know
Cigarettes, JUULs and other electronic cigarettes are dangerous tobacco products that deliver addictive nicotine. Learn more about these products and how you can quit or help someone you know quit. Available in English and Spanish.
Your Health Matters: Eat Healthy Portions
Controlling portions is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight. And maintaining a healthy weight reduces your risk for several cancers. Our expert provides tips and tools to help you manage portions. Your Health Matters is available as a series or individually. Available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Your Health Matters: Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Making vegetables and fruit a big part of your diet can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your cancer risk. Our expert provides information on the benefits of a plant-based diet and tips and tools to help you eat more fruits and vegetables. Your Health Matters is available as a series or individually. Available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Your Health Matters: Live an Active Lifestyle
Being physically active can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your cancer risk. Our expert provides information on the benefits of physical activity, and how to get more activity into your day. Your Health Matters is available as a series or individually. Available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Your Health Matters: Understand and Prevent Cancer
Breast and colorectal cancers are among the most common in men and women. Our expert will help participants understand the risk factors and symptoms of each, and how to reduce your risk. Your Health Matters is available as a series or individually. Available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Programs for kids, teens and young adults
Too Cool to Smoke Puppet Show
It’s never too early for kids to learn about the dangers of tobacco. This program breaks down a complex subject in a fun and entertaining way for kids in kindergarten through 4th grade. The program addresses health education Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) requirements at the elementary level.
The Truth About Tobacco and Vaping: What Preteens and Teens Should Know
E-cigarette use is rising sharply among preteens, teens and young adults. Cigarettes, JUULs and e-cigarettes are dangerous tobacco products that deliver addictive nicotine, which is harmful to developing brains. This presentation arms young people with the facts on nicotine, and tools to resist peer pressure. The program addresses health education Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) requirements at the middle- and high-school levels.
Summer programs for high school and college students in the Houston area
Summer Experience Program
Hands-on experience is the backbone of a career in science and medicine. The MD Anderson Summer Experience introduces students to a research environment and provides the opportunity to explore careers in research and oncology. Each year, around 300 students are selected to join teams of experts across the institution to gain valuable insights to support their future professional lives.
Volunteering offers students the chance to grow beyond the classroom and build skills crucial for their future. The MD Anderson Teen Volunteer Leadership in Cancer Care Program provides opportunities for young people ages 15–18 to support patients and their families in a hospital setting, gain exposure to a variety of health care careers, learn effective communication and improve leadership skills.
Programs for people who work with kids and teens
ASPIRE is an online, interactive curriculum for middle- and high-school teachers to educate students on the dangers of tobacco products. The program is available in English and Spanish.
Sun safety education
Ray and the Sunbeatables and Be SunbeatableTM are sun-safety curricula to educate preschool through 5th grade students and their parents about sun protection and promote sun safety behaviors to reduce children’s lifetime risk of developing skin cancer.