Oral Cancer Hosts In­au­gu­ral HI Walk

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - By Joanne Ebesu, Oral Cancer Foun­da­tion vol­un­teer walk co­or­di­na­tor, Honolulu

Iwas di a gnosed with tongue cancer in April 2016. Be­ing a non-smoker and rare al­co­hol drinker, I was dev­as­tated.

Dur­ing my re­cov­ery after ma­jor surgery and six weeks of r a di a t i on, my on­line searches to find ex­pla­na­tions for my dis­ease Foun­da­tion, a small na­tional non­profit pub­lic ser­vice charity ded­i­cated to sav­ing lives through in­creas­ing ed­u­ca­tion, re­search and early de­tec­tion of oral cancer.

Through their web­site, I learned that 49,750 peo­ple in the U.S. will be di­ag­nosed with oral cancer this year, only slightly more than half years (57 per­cent).

This a g g r e s s i v e c a n - cer kills one per­son ev­ery hour of ev­ery day, many of whom are non- smok­ing, non-drink­ing young adults. While to­bacco use and al­co­hol con­sump­tion are still the pri­mary causes of oral cancer, hu­man pa­pil­loma virus is a grow­ing cause of this dis­ease in pa­tients un­der age 50.

Early de­tec­tion through reg­u­lar screen­ings can help in­crease the low sur­vival rate of oral cancer pa­tients.

Dur­ing my re­cu­per­a­tion I vowed to do ev­ery­thing I could to in­crease ed­u­ca­tion and early de­tec­tion of oral cancer. On Sun­day, Aug. 20, the in­au­gu­ral Oral Fun Run for Aware­ness in Honolulu took place at Ala Moana Beach Park in honor of oral cancer pa­tients and sur­vivors.

More t han 100 par­tic­i­pants had ac­cess to free oral cancer screen­ings by The Yoshimura and Malia Kamisugi, as well as free skin cancer screen­ings and lec da­tion co-founder In­grid Hill

All pr oceeds went t o re­duce suf­fer­ing and save lives through pre­ven­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, re­search, ad­vo­cacy and support.

to learn more about risk fac­tors, signs and symp­toms, treat­ments, cur­rent re­search and cur­rent oral cancer rel ated news, among other im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion.

Dur­ing my re­cu­per­a­tion, I vowed to do ev­ery­thing I could to in­crease ed­u­ca­tion and early de­tec­tion of oral cancer.

For more i nfor­ma­tion, con­tact me at 531-3017 or joanne.ocf.hi@gmail.com, or visit the events page on our web­site. Hawai‘i char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions may send re­quests for space in ei­ther Proof Pos­i­tive or the free ad­ver­tise­ment be­low to bmoss­man@mid­week.com

Oral Cancer Foun­da­tion’s Honolulu chap­ter held its in­au­gu­ral walk/fun run Aug. 20 at Ala Moana Beach Park and saw more than 100 peo­ple come out for the cause.

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