Northview High School hosted its seventh "We Wish You Well" female health program for female students from Northview, Clay City High School and Cumberland Academy Tuesday.
Northview teacher and coordinator of the event Joanna Connors first addressed the students, telling them that, "as women you will be caregivers. You will take care of your husband, children, parents and other family members. But the most important person you can take care of is yourself."
Cathy Anderson, RN, patient navigator at the Clara Fairbanks Center for Women then spoke to the students about breast health and the importance of self-breast exams, mammograms and identifying risk factors of getting breast cancer.
"One in every eight women will get breast cancer," Anderson said. "Delayed diagnosis is a problem in young women, so it's important to identify the signs early."
Anderson said young women who experience lumps, pain or deformities in their breasts are told by many doctors to wait a few months before seeking medical help to see how things progress.
Anderson said the earlier a young woman can be treated, the higher chance of survival she has, and that young women should seek treatment or help as early as they notice something is wrong.
Next, Esther Acree, RN, chairperson of the School of Nursing at Indiana State University, spoke to the students about the pelvic exam, PAP test and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Acree informed the students about the importance of receiving a pelvic exam or PAP test before the age of 21. Acree also gave detailed information about STIs, stating that one in every four teenage girls has contracted an STI. Acree also said HIV/AIDS is rising in the young adult population.
Throughout her presentation, Acree stressed the importance of remaining abstinent or wearing condoms to prevent STIs.
Next, Lauren Fahey and Samatha Danz of Dermatology Inc., Avon, spoke to the students about skin and the sun.
Fahey emphasized the dangers of using tanning beds, stating that using a tanning bed even once increases a person's risk of getting melanoma by 75 percent.
Fahey said melanoma is the most common form of cancer found in 25-29-year-olds, and more than one million people use a tanning bed every day.
Fahey suggested the students invest in spray tanning rather than using tanning beds.
Finally, Kandace Brown, director of Character Based Education in Clay County spoke to the group about having healthy relationships. Brown spoke about the 12 steps of intimacy, and how men and women perceive relationships and sexual intercourse differently.
"We Wish You Well" also featured skits from students, a musical and dance number and several door prizes.
Sponsors for event included Dr. Miranda Goodale, Community Rural Health (Dr. French, Jeanne Potts, Dr. Bowles, Carrie Cunningham and Frank Kiefer), Dr. Maleakel Mathew, Dr. James Stephens, Dr. Gary Staadt, Dr. Austin Burns, Dr. Ryan Ross, Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Tri Kappa Sorority, Luxury Nails, Inspired Studios and Terre Haute Savings Bank.