Oral cancer: one woman’s journey

ADS “lunch and learn” presentation underscores impact of dental professionals in diagnosis
April 12th, 2018
Ilse Anderson

Photo courtesy Ilse Anderson

Oral and oropharyngeal cancers kill one person every hour of every day of the year. The survival rate for this disease hovers just around 60 percent, as there is currently no comprehensive screening program for oral cancer, just one reason that it is often discovered late in its development.

Such was the case for author Ilse Anderson, who will speak at Texas A&M College of Dentistry on April 24 about her journey to overcoming stage 4 oral cancer, the focus of her book, “Say Yes to Life.” Dr. John Wright, Regents Professor and department head of diagnostic sciences, also is a guest speaker.

Just the facts

  • Event: “Say Yes to Life” lunch ‘n’ learn, sponsored by the college’s Asian-American Dental Society chapter
  • Who may attend: Students, staff, faculty and the general public
  • Time: 12 p.m. on April 24
  • Location: Room 605, Texas A&M College of Dentistry

— Jennifer Fuentes