- Close to 43,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year.
- It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours a day.
- Of the 43,250 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years.
I try like hell to just not think about it. I try to keep my mind busy enough that there's no room for it. I guess it's just part of who I am now. Occasionally I have a day where I live unfettered by the possibility of what could be happening in my body. Those are the really good days where I feel normal.
In lieu of feeling normal, I have chosen to live a purposeful life to the very best of my ability. Part of my purpose is to bring a higher awareness of oral cancer and also to do something to make the treatment and healing process a little easier for the patients.
For more information about oral cancer please check out these links:
Facts About Oral Cancer
What is Oral and Nasopharyngeal Cancer?