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Woodburn Fire District Chief Joe Budge is grateful for voters' support of levy

The Woodburn Fire District would like to thank the residents of the district for their support of the five-year local option levy on the November ballot. Levy funds will help the district be better prepared to protect the lives and property of the citizens of the Woodburn, Gervais and surrounding communities by maintaining firefighter staffing levels, ensuring that four firefighters are on duty each day and enhancing the medical training of current firefighters.

Funds from the levy will prevent the scheduled layoffs of firefighters and, beginning in fiscal year 2019-20, levy funds will ensure that a minimum of four firefighters are on duty at all times. Four-firefighter staffing is a nationally-recognized standard that provides the most cost-effective protection of the public and the safety of firefighters.

In addition, a Woodburn firefighter with advanced life support skills will be on duty every day thanks to levy funds that will be used to train a select group of existing firefighters to the advanced life support level. The advanced training will begin immediately with the enhanced staffing planned to begin in the next fiscal year. Firefighters with the advanced training will work closely with paramedics from Woodburn Ambulance to bring near-emergency room level of service to over 1,000 patients served each year.

The men and women of the Woodburn Fire District are committed to providing excellent service to the community while managing funds provided by taxpayers in an efficient and cost-effective manner. As the population of North Marion County grows, so does demand for emergency response services. With the passage of the levy, the fire district will be better prepared to meet the increasing demand with the high quality service that the residents of the district expect and deserve.

Thank you again for your support of public safety and the Woodburn Fire District.

Joe Budge

Chief

Woodburn Fire District

Local dentist supports expanded access to HPV vaccine

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration announced a major expansion of the HPV vaccine, approving immunizations for men and women ages 27 to 45. Previously, the FDA only approved the vaccine for people younger than 26, leaving generations of others without this protection.

As a dentist, I am thrilled to see a major advancement toward preventing oral and throat cancers for not only my patients, but for all Oregonians and citizens nationwide.

While most people likely know this vaccine protects people from contracting human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause genital warts and cancers, many may be less aware of the direct link between HPV and tumors affecting parts of the throat, known as oropharyngeal cancers.

HPV is the primary cause of most throat cancers in the United States. Alarmingly, the number of cases of oropharyngeal cancer linked to HPV infection in both men and women have been on the rise in recent years, according to the American Cancer Society. Thankfully, the HPV vaccine could prevent more than 90 percent of these cancers from developing, or 31,200 cases each year.

Dentists have historically played a key role in prevention related to other health concerns such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and eating disorders, among others, and so it's perhaps not surprising that a March 2018 study, available through the National Institutes of Health, suggests that dental providers "may become the next line of prevention for HPV-related cancers."

The American Dental Association is so committed to ensuring all patients have access to this potentially life-saving vaccine, they recently approved a policy urging dentists to encourage the administration of the HPV vaccine.

Dental providers already screen for oral cancer and are often the first to identify signs of oropharyngeal cancer in patients during routine dental exams. Because many Oregonians see their dentist more often than a primary care physician, it makes sense for dental providers to continue expanding their prevention efforts when it comes to oral cancer. Together we can work to make many oropharyngeal cancers a distant memory.

(Dr. Barry Taylor is an assistant professor in restorative dentistry at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry. However this is a personal opinion and does not represent the opinion of OHSU.)

Barry J. Taylor D.M.D., F.A.G.D.

Woodburn Community Dental

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