- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - The mayor of Texarkana, Arkansas, says she is being treated for Stage 1 breast cancer.

Mayor Ruth Penney-Bell told the Texarkana Gazettee on Wednesday (https://bit.ly/1SvpuTp ) that despite the personal nature of her diagnosis, she felt obligated to share the information because she is a public official.

She said she might have to miss some functions while she recovers from treatment, but that she still plans to attend the city’s twice-monthly board meetings.

The mayor said all women should have a mammogram when their doctors recommend it. In Stage 1, cancerous breast cancer cells remain localized and can often be treated effectively.

Penney-Bell took office in January 2015.

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