September 23, 2010 in Idaho

NIC president diagnosed with breast cancer

Associated Press
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Priscilla Bell, president of North Idaho College, in her office in 2007.
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COEUR d’ALENE — North Idaho College’s president says she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be taking medical leave for at least two weeks.

Priscilla Bell told the Coeur d’Alene Press that she will take leave beginning today to undergo surgery. She says her date of return has not been set because doctors have not yet determined the stage of the disease.

Bell says she hopes for the best and will be grateful if she can avoid chemotherapy. The 61-year-old Bell says the experience has driven home the value of mammograms and she encouraged women to get one each year.

Jay Lee, the college’s vice president of instruction, will be acting president in her absence.

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