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MHS students participate in oral cancer presentation

ABOUT 500 Marianas High School students participated in an oral cancer presentation conducted by the Commonwealth Cancer Association on April 17 in the MHS cafeteria.

MHS counselor Kimberly Manglona said CCA executive director Juan Babauta, CCA volunteer Mami Ikeda and oral cancer survivor Melvin Sakisat discussed how betel nut chewing can affect one’s health.

“The presenters told their stories which really captivated our students. They were really interested in the topic. They were really engaged. They asked questions,” Manglona said in a phone interview.

She said MHS is thankful to CCA for educating students about oral cancer.

“We live in a place where chewing betel nut is very prevalent and according to CCA, it starts in the younger generation. So we want to get this information to them while they are young so they can make better choices for themselves,” the counselor said.

Marianas High School students attend the Commonwealth Cancer Association’s presentation about oral cancer in the MHS cafeteria on April 17. The presentation was conducted by CCA executive director Juan Babauta, volunteer Mami Ikeda and oral cancer survivor Melvin Sakisat.  Contributed photoMarianas High School students attend the Commonwealth Cancer Association’s presentation about oral cancer in the MHS cafeteria on April 17. The presentation was conducted by CCA executive director Juan Babauta, volunteer Mami Ikeda and oral cancer survivor Melvin Sakisat. Contributed photo

Manglona said for the past four years, CCA has been educating MHS students about oral cancer.

MHS vice principal Melanie Sablan said the CCA outreach has helped reduce the number of betel nut-related infractions on campus.

This school year, they recorded 40 to 50 cases of students caught chewing betel nut or found to be in possession of it.

In the previous school year, Sablan said they had about 150 disciplinary referrals for the same violation.

She said betel nut-related infractions are no longer the top student violation at MHS.