The Six-Step Screening Mission:
- Raise public awareness about the existence and early signs of oral cancer
- Inspire oral health professionals to educate patients about oral cancer and perform a thorough screening on every patient
- Provide guidance, support and hope to newly diagnosed oral cancer patients
Founder Eva Grayzel
Eva Grayzel, a professional interactive performance artist, was diagnosed with late-stage oral cancer at age 33 and told she had a 15 percent chance of survival. A non-smoker, she was bounced among dental professionals while the ulcer on her tongue grew more prominent and painful.
“It was two years and nine months from the first appointment with a dental professional until the day I was finally diagnosed with late stage oral cancer. During that time, no one EVER mentioned the words ‘oral cancer’ as a possible cause. Finally, I made an appointment with Dr. Mark Urken, the chief of head and neck surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital. I took the bus into Manhattan the fateful day of April 1, 1998 not having the slightest idea that what was on my tongue was remotely serious.”
Eva endured a partial tongue reconstruction, a modified radical neck dissection, and a maximum dose of radiation therapy. Through an extraordinarily successful treatment plan, Eva not only survived but also regained her ability to speak clearly. With a second chance at life, Eva couldn’t let the same thing happen to someone else.
A champion for early detection, Eva founded Six-Step Screening™, an oral cancer awareness campaign for dental professionals and the general public. For her initiative, she was recognized by the American Academy of Oral Medicine and awarded honorary membership.
“I share my personal story hoping it will inspire dental and healthcare professionals to perform oral cancer screenings on all their patients, educate them about what they are looking for and the early signs of oral cancer. It’s more than my mission to educate. It’s my tribute to all those that came before me and my obligation to those that will follow.”
Eva celebrated her 10-year cancer free anniversary by founding the Talk4Hope book series for children who have a family member with cancer. These books are written to help children understand cancer, learn skills to deal with their fears and communicate their feelings with family members.
“The Oral Cancer Foundation recognizes your commitment to increase public literacy and awareness, and encourage early detection of oral cancer through a public awareness event and screening. The leadership that you have shown reflects the highest standards of concern for public welfare and health. Your tireless efforts to make the Lehigh Valley Oral Cancer Awareness Walk a success, not only have benefited those in your community, but through the funds raised, will impact thousands of others across the country, and make the fulfillment of the foundation’s mission possible. Your personal concern for public health and welfare reflect the best qualities of the human spirit.”
Bring Eva Grayzel to Your Next Meeting or Event
Eva speaks internationally about her journey through stage IV Oral Cancer, inspiring listeners with courage to confront the impossible, finding opportunity in adversity, and the importance of early detection of oral cancer.
Learn more about Eva at www.evagrayzel.com