beneath the surFACE
beneath the surFACE is a head and neck cancer awareness and education outreach program developed by the Upstate Cancer Center in Syracuse, NY. The primary audiences are students in the age range of 10 to 13 (middle school) with relevant information for 14 to 18+ (high school).
The program focuses on educating students on the importance of avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol use and receiving the HPV vaccine to reduce the risk of head and neck cancers. Initially, the project worked with eight local high schools and presented to over 3000 health class students. The presentation and information have been reformatted to include a self-guided lesson plan for instructors, student activities, HPV fact sheets and resources, and a documentary of the original project.