January 16, 2018

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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Cervical cancer is highly preventable with regular screening tests and appropriate follow-up care.

It also can be cured when found early and treated.

Following the American Cancer Society screening guidelines can help find pre-cancers to prevent them from becoming cancer.

Screening can also help find cervical cancer early when it might be easier to treat.

• All women should begin cervical cancer screening at age 21.

• Women between the ages of 21 and 29 should have a Pap test every 3 years. They should not be tested for HPV unless it is needed after an abnormal Pap test result.

• Women between the ages of 30 and 65 should have both a Pap test and an HPV test every 5 years. This is the preferred approach, but it is also OK to have a Pap test alone every 3 years.

• Women over age 65 who have had regular screenings with normal results should not be screened for cervical cancer. Women who have been diagnosed with cervical cancer or pre-cancer should continue to be screened according to the recommendations of their doctor.

• Women who have had their uterus and cervix removed in a hysterectomy and have no history of cervical cancer or pre-cancer should not be screened.

• Women who have had the HPV vaccine should still follow the screening recommendations for their age group.

• Women who are at high risk for cervical cancer may need to be screened more often. Women at high risk might include those with HIV infection, organ transplant, or exposure to the drug DES. They should talk with their doctor or nurse.

• The American Cancer Society no longer recommends that women get a Pap test every year, because it generally takes much longer than that, 10 to 20 years, for cervical cancer to develop and overly frequent screening could lead to procedures that are not needed.

FR School District Trustees Honored by State Association

(By Alex Colvin
Mountain Echo reporter
Greg Hawkins, Superintendent of the Fall River Joint Unified School District, gave special recognition and thanks to the members of the Board of Trustee at the January Board Meeting held at the District Office on January 10.

Honored for their service were John Hamilton who has served on the Board for 5 years, Ignacio Venegas, who has served for 8 years, Cindy Ronquist who has served for 10 years, Randy Oller, who has served for 12 years, and current Board President Teri Vigil, who has served for 17 years.

The Board Members were honored as part of January California School Boards Association Recognition Month. California has more than 5,100 school board members.

Hawkins read a short statement provided by CSBA:

In addition to overseeing the educational quality at school districts and county boards of education, these trustees also take on a range of duties away from the classroom. This includes decision-making and direction of budgets, staffing, facilities upkeep and development, food services for kindergartners through high schoolers, sports programs and many other issues. Such concerns are discussed at board meetings that often run late into the night, with intense feedback from the community and scrutiny from the media. Meanwhile, many trustees - 41% according to a recent California School Board Association Survey - have an additional full time job. Serving as a school board member is not a relaxing hobby or an easy pastime. It’s a labor of love for those who see schools as the cornerstone of our society’s future.

After the recognition, the Board held its monthly meeting. Amongst other items on the consent agenda, the Board voted to receive the following donations which had been made during the month:

• For Fall River Elementary: $35 from Intermountain Cattlewoman; $200 from PG&E Company Employee Giving - B. Hendrix and Anonymous: and $360 from PG&E Company Giving - T. Young and J. Barcellona

• For Burney High School: $300 from American Legion Post #441 for the Music Department

• For Burney Elementary School: $1680 from Redding Rancheria Community Fund for “Creating a Culture of Reading”