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SENTINEL TRIBUNE INSIDE Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Page 3 Secretary Sebelius Work begins at Sanford .. , Boord statement for 2011 National Breast Cancer Awareness Month For more than 25 years, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been a time to reaffirm our commit- ment to fighting breast cancer and to remind ourselves of the impor- tance of prevention and early detection. Breast cancer remains one of the most frequently diag- nosed cancers among American women and despite remarkable advances in treatment and prevention, it remains the second leading cause of cancer death. This year alone, it is estimated that more than 230,000 U.S. women will be diag- nosed with breast can- cer and nearly 40,000 will die of the disease. Regular mammogra- phy screening can help lower breast cancer mor- tality by finding breast cancer early, when the chance of successful treatment is best. If 90 percent of women 40 and older received breast cancer screening, 3,700 lives would be saved each year. Costs, even moderate co-pays, deter many patients from receiving these impor- tant screenings. Under the Affordable Care Act, women's preventive health care - such as mammograms and screenings for cervical cancer - is covered with no co-pays or other out- of-pocket costs. In addition to regular mammography screen- ing, there are steps that women can take that may help reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. Women should talk with their doctor about their personal risk for breast cancer, when to start having mammo- grams, and how often to have them. Women should also try to main- tain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, and reduce their intake of alcohol. If a woman is found to be at increased risk of breast cancer because of her medical history or a known high- risk gene mutation, she should talk with her doc- tor to decide what her best options are to reduce breast cancer risk might be. With the release of new Women's Preventive Services -'- From page 1 Wrestling with TMB. First match will be against Pipestone at !ii!i Workers were busy last week working on the new addition at the Sanford Westbrook Medical Clinic. The addition will house a new CT scanner. In the past patients had to go outside the building to have scans in a portable scanner. Guidelines, a well-wom- an visit is available to women to have an opportunity to discuss her health care needs with her medical provid- er-at no additional cost to her. The Affordable Care Act is also helping women who are going or have gone through cost- ly breast cancer treat- ment. Beginning in 2014, it will be illegal for insur- ance companies to dis- criminate against anyone with a pre-existing condi- tion. In the past, insur- ance companies could deny coverage to women due to pre-exist- ing conditions such as breast cancer, and if coverage was attained, insurance companies set lifetime and annual limits on what the companies would spend for bene- fits. We have done away with lifetime limits, offer- ing women the peace of mind that their health insurance will be avail- able when women need it most. We are also phasing out the use of annual dollar limits over the next three years until 2014 when the Affordable Care Act bans them for most plans. These changes are making real differences in the lives of American women and families. Prevention, coupled with continued research, will help save more lives and improve the quality of life for all of us touched by breast cancer. Tribune 800-410-1859 or 507-274-6136 Mot1 ii+il, Cancer Awareness Month. ++ ++ :+ Thanlffully, early detection through i i}: self-examination and mammograms is bringing  ::i about a decline in breast cancer deaths. We i}i i!i encourage womento Iet regular mammograms  i!;i  andletechniques of serf-examination. +ii! +++i + THRIFTY +i! ............ i+i Wvl [st ],v, Sq Westbr00k MN + 507-274-6114 or 800-645-64795+ +++ 187565 Every two minutes, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer. In fact, breast cancer is the leading cancer among Caucasian and African American vomen. Mammograph screenings are a woman's best cl]ance for detecting breast cancer early, so get yours today. !i!,! !::i!: !i!i!iii!; i i!ii  .)es/rool Juaera/JT"[orae )alCnu/ rooe ,uaera/.fome 507-274-6700 " 507-859-2161 www.westbr00kfuneral.c0m www.walnutgr0vefuneralh0me.c0m WWG. Preliminary numbers for WWG are very low indicat- ing only 5 students. Woelber told the board he will email a 30 page report on the Flexible Learning Year, along with the WWG seniority list to all of the board members for their review. Enrollments for 2011-12 school year are up by ten stu- dents. Building and grounds report -- everything is in pretty good shape, however maintenance crews have discovered a boiler burner in Westbrook, will have to be replace at a cost of $8,000. Woelber told the board the transportation committee will be looking at used busses this year and order a new one for next year. Woelber reported Paul Olson has things working very well in Food Service, with several new employees. The following items were approved by the board: Resolution to support a grant made to the MSHSL for assistance in paying athletic fees for free and reduced stu- dents. Approval of Year One Flexible Learning Year report to the department of education. Annual Assurance and Compliance form to the Department of Education. Hiring of Ryan Kruse junior high girls basketball coach. Hiring of Dylan Albertson for part time cleaning at Walnut Grove. Principal Paul Olson reported the after school academy is working very well with 18-19 students participating in sci- ence. About 45 students are participating in reading and math. The teacher mentoring is going well, Beth Kleven, Mary Jo Hendrickson and Sally Oltmens are working with three new teachers at Westbrook. They meet several times a week. Michele Freeburg and the kitchen staff are enjoying pre- paring healthy fruit and vegetable snacks for students in the elementary. They received a $18,000 grant for the program. Olson told the board they would like to expand the pre- school program to add Pre Kindergarten class for next year. Principal Bill Richards told the board he would like to establish a Technology Committee that would include district wide and assistive technology considerations by request of the requirements of the Assistive Technology grant which they are currently involved in through the MDE. The board approved the request. Richards has yet to fill the position for the 7-8 grade Spring Musical. Seven through 12 conferences are scheduled for November 3. Richards gave the board copies of the abbreviated AYP test results for the school. The high school passed the AYP while the Elementary missed AYP for the first time in four years. Richards said it is hard to understand how they compile the results of the testing. In the elementary the only areas that were not passing were Special Ed, Limited English Proficient, and Asian/Pacific Islander students. It appears these areas are taking down the entire elementary school in regards to AYP. In the majority of areas the Elementary is passing. CLASSIFIED ADS WORK FOR YOU +++ + +++,+ m ::+ ......... ++.v+ ++% + + + (j++ .... o+ o+ : Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women, affecting one out of three women in her lifetime. Early detection saves lives! Schedule a mammogram for yourself today. Phone: 507-859-2133 ,.,, 228597 :--, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Providing the latest in technology, Sanford Westbrook now offers DIGITAL MAMMOGRAMS To schedule your potentially life saving mammogram call today for an appointment - 274-6121 Jessica Moriarty, FNP Family Medicine "My philosophy in caring for patients is simple; What can I do for you - What are you willing to do to help - and finally TOGETHER we will help you heal." SANF0000RD+ HEALTH Sanford Westbrook Medical Center To schedule am appolntmamt, call 507-274-6121