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America’s Got Talent Audition

Yesterday, I had one of the most memorable days auditioning for America’s Got Talent. My audition time was 1:00 PM. I arrived by 12:30 to the audition location on 11th Avenue and 41st St, to a line outside the building that was predicted to take 3 hours, just to make it to the registration table. Hmmmm, was it really worth …

Dustin Hoffman has an Opportunity to Raise Awareness

Michael Douglas raised awareness about Oral Cancer, but everyone giggled uncomfortably when he said it had to do with past sexual practices. Just because someone doesn’t have multiple partners, it doesn’t mean they won’t get oral cancer. With the new association with HPV, anyone who has had any kind of contact with other human beings, is at risk; a small …

The Power of Story to Quit Smoking

Storytelling is a powerful tool. At age 50, Terrie Hill was diagnosed with oral cancer due to smoking. Now, she has a disfigured face, a gruff voice, and has to manually plug up her trachea every day. She has admitted that making this commercial has given her a reason to go on, because she is saving lives. Her story hits …

Newly Diagnosed and Needs Support

Dear Eva, My name is Lisa and I work for Dave, a friend of your husband’s. I was telling Dave that my father was recently diagnosed with Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma and he told me to contact you.   Dad wasn’t feeling well just after Christmas and thought his left neck glands were swollen. His physician ordered a CT and …

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A Physician Receives an Oral Cancer Diagnosis – He Had No Idea Until It Was Stage IV

Dear Eva, Nine months ago I asked my dentist about the lesion on the floor of my mouth. He said it’s ‘tori’, a bony growth condition caused by grinding and stress. “Don’t worry about it.”Four months later I developed a horse voice. I am Vice-Chief of Anesthesiology at a cancer center so I asked a colleague to scope me. He …