Health Topics & Information

Below are some resources on the frequently-requested topics of breast cancer, body image, and HPV. Have questions? Need help? Contact Center staff for additional information and assistance.

Breast Cancer Information & Guidance

One in eight women will get breast cancer in their life. This could be your sister, mother, grandmother, best friend or even you.  Every 13 minutes, a woman dies from breast cancer. BUT, 96% of women who find and treat it early will be cancer- free after five years. Early detection of breast cancer, through monthly exams and yearly mammograms, offers the best change for discovery and survival. The breast cancer awareness community works towards knowledge, advocacy and treatment. Join the fight and check out these resources for further information and support.

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Body Image

Students encounter issues on a daily basis that affect their feelings about their bodies - from plastic surgery, dieting and weight loss ads to fashion, female icons and media images about what women should aspire to be. It is estimated that nearly 8 million Americans have an eating disorder yet only one in ten receive treatment.  A positive body image is imperative to self-esteem, confidence and a healthy life. Below are a few links with helpful information about body image and well.. our bodies!



Human papillomavirus (HPV) affects both females and males. HPV transmission can happen with any kind of genital contact with someone who has HPV—intercourse isn’t necessary. Many people who have HPV don’t even know it, because the virus often has no signs or symptoms. That means you can get the virus or pass it on to your partner without knowing it. In the United States, an estimated 75% to 80% of males and females will be infected with HPV in their lifetime. For most, the virus will clear on its own, but when it doesn’t, HPV can have consequences such as genital warts and cervical cancer. 

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Did You Know..
  • Only 23% of all Distinguished Professors at KU are women, compared to 24% three years ago
  • Of the 165 members of the Kansas legislature, only 40 are women
  • Only 3 of the 14 Kansas Court of Appeals Judges are women
  • 31% of Kansas families with a single-female head of household live below the poverty level
  • Median earnings in Kansas for women are just 77% of what median earnings are for men

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