JUNIOR HIGH TARGETS CANCER PREVENTION.Byline: Sharon Cotal Staff Writer
SANTA CLARITA Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, - It's not something that most junior high students worry about, but cancer can affect people of all ages, and it can help to know ways of preventing and detecting the life-threatening illness.
In order to educate local kids about cancer prevention, detection, examination and the avoidance of known cancer causing substances, Arroyo Seco Arroyo Seco (Spanish: "dry creek") may refer to:
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``We keep hearing from members of our community and area professionals that there is an increase in cancer incidents among young people, and we want kids to be informed about what they can do to prevent and detect it,'' Assistant Principal Toni Miltenberger said.
The meetings are a collaborative effort of Arroyo Seco's Builders' Club, the American Cancer Society American Cancer Society,
n.pr established in 1913, this national volunteer-based health organization is committed to the elimination of cancer through prevention and treatment and to diminishing cancer suffering through advocacy, scholarship, research, and the Kiwanis Santa Clarita Valley The Santa Clarita Valley is the valley of the Santa Clara River in Southern California. It stretches through Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Its main population center is the city of Santa Clarita. The valley was part of the 48,612-acre (19,672. Noon Club. The topic goes along with the school ``value of the month'' which is ``A Healthy and Safe Environment.''
Students and their parents will hear from doctors, nurses, cancer survivors Cancer survivors are those individuals with cancer of any type, current or past, who are still living. The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) pioneered the definition of survivor as from the time of diagnosis and for the balance of life, a person diagnosed with and Cancer Society speakers at the meetings. Two meetings are being held because cancers that affect only men and only women will be discussed, plus the students will learn self-tests that they can perform.
``For the students' privacy, we felt it would be better to hold two separate meetings ,'' Miltenberger said.
Girls will learn about breast and ovarian cancers ovarian cancer
Malignant tumour of the ovaries. Risk factors include early age of first menstruation (before age 12), late onset of menopause (after age 52), absence of pregnancy, presence of specific genetic mutations, use of fertility drugs, and personal history of breast , and boys will receive information on testicular testicular /tes·tic·u·lar/ (tes-tik´u-lar) pertaining to a testis.
Of or relating to a testicle or testis.
pertaining to the testis. and prostate cancers. Both groups will learn about nutrition, health, tobacco and other related issues.
This is an important age to discuss the decision whether to smoke, because a lot of kids start smoking in junior high, and that age group is particularly vulnerable to peer pressure. If they know the risks, perhaps they will make the decision to stay away from tobacco products, Miltenberger said.
Support staff including counselors, Kiwanis members, doctors, nurses, teachers and school personnel will be available to assist students and their parents during the meetings.
``As far as I know, this is the first program to tackle this issue for junior-high-age students,'' Miltenberger said. ``We hope that we get a good response from the community.''
For information about Cancer Awareness Nights call Arroyo Seco at (661) 296-0991.