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  Caging The Invader by Rob Inrig & Gregory Hislop CAGING THE INVADER
Improving the Odds Against Cancer
by Rob Inrig & Gregory Hislop

The curriculum, designed for secondary school students, is filled with information and activities including, team debates, case studies, a lab experiment, and a game on decision making and risk. Information on cancer patterns and trends, images on cancer biology and information sheets about risk factors and screening tests are just some of the inclusions.

The creative use of the metaphor of the mole as the underground invader (a rodent doing unseen damage over a period of time), the undercover infiltrator (a person who infiltrates and over time sabotages an organization), and undetected disease (a skin mole which is at risk of melanoma) is incorporated throughout the curriculum to better engage the students and promote the concepts being addressed.

The four teaching concepts are:

  • Cancer - So Why Should I Care? - introduces the topic of cancer, its emotional associations, beliefs about the invincibility of youth and difficulties in changing behaviors.
  • Understanding the Way Cancer Works - introduces the biology of cancer (how it develops and spreads), how to evaluate the claims made about cancer causation and prevention and who to trust.
  • Many Cancers are Preventable reviews risk factors for selected cancers and provides examples of successes in cancer treatment, screening and prevention.
  • Changes Leading to Prevention - examines issues of vulnerability, risk and behavior choice.

    Three video segments are included with accompanying discussion questions:
     

  • UNLESS AN ENEMY OVERTAKES ME

    UNLESS AN ENEMY OVERTAKES ME is an emotional narrative about shared dreams that raises issues about invincibility and immortality.

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    WHO SAYS?

    WHO SAYS? presents a contrasting dialogue between a doctor and several young people about the claims made regarding cancer, its causes and appropriate actions for prevention. It raises issues of who and what to believe about cancer claims, and the importance of action and behavior rather than knowledge alone in cancer prevention.

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    CONTROLLED ILLUSIONS

    CONTROLLED ILLUSIONS involves a dialogue between two persons creating a video game. It raises the issues of risk, vulnerability, manipulation and control.

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    Gracemarks Communications 2011