July 27, 2011
Not sure if it’s appropriate to relate personal stories, but about 15 years ago, I had a malignant squamous cell carcinoma on my tongue..fortunately micro-invasive at the time it was caught. I had smoked extensively in grad school, and for a time when in the early 80’s, but it’s a field factor and it never really goes away. I was lucky……the nodule was in a position where I bit it when I ate, and I asked a local oral surgeon to remove it because it was bothering me. The biopsy came back and in the course of the next few years, it was lasered off twice. I was lucky, no radical neck dissection, no chemo, radiation et al, just long term reassessments. There were no devices at that time to uncover this pathology readily. I lucked out…
ORAL CANCER KILLS ONE NORTH AMERICAN EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY.
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