Oral Cancer Answers with Rebecca Bencal, advocate
We all hope that we never lose a loved one to oral cancer, but too often it happens. Sometimes there are a series of events that conspire to delay discovery and diagnosis, allowing the cancer to become much more invasive and difficult to cure. Even if that is possible, the morbidity associated with what are by any definition difficult treatments can be substantial. In this podcast we diverge from our science based informational format to speak with someone who has suffered that loss, oral cancer activist Rebecca Bencal who lost her twin sister Venessa to the disease. While this conversation goes through some of the issues related to treatments, there is a bigger take away in it. Learn what fueled her passion to speak about oral cancer, and why early discovery is so important. Understand why in today's environment, when oral cancer screening is still not a national policy, or a part of examinations in every dental office, being your own advocate and being informed about risk factors and early signs and symptoms is paramount. This isa story of loss. It is also a conversation about what we can do to make this situation better in America.