mouth cancer

Nashville hygienists partner with Oral Cancer Foundation to raise awareness of a silent killer

Source: The Oral Cancer Foundation
Author: Staff

Locals join together for second annual Oral Cancer walk and free screening event

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —

For the second year, the Nashville Area Dental Hygienists Society (NADHS) has organized a successful walk to promote oral cancer awareness for a disease that affects so many, yet so few know about. Hundreds of Nashville locals gathered for the “Boot Scootin’ for Oral Cancer Screening II” event that recently took place at Nashville’s Centennial Park to raise disease awareness, and funds for the Non-Profit Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF).

The walk was lead by NADHS president Nicki Raines, who encouraged the organization to embrace the cause of oral cancer detection when she began her two-year presidential term. Her committee worked countless hours to ensure that the event would top last year’s successful effort.  Nicki’s team was able to generate a local buzz for the walk through posters displayed at area Starbucks and Panera Bread stores, and via news releases sent to all local media. Local merchants rallied to support the event. Attendees were treated to coffee donated by Starbucks, water donated by Kroger’s, and donuts donated by Krispy Kreme.  Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Wal-Mart and other Nashville area merchants came together to show their support by donating products for the auction and raffle that took place after the walk. Nashville superstars George Strait, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Brooks and Dunn were represented through autographed memorabilia, which brought their fans to the raffle.

The event also included three inspiring speakers. Two oral cancer survivors: Kathi Gill, a Georgia resident, and ShayLynn Grant, a 24 year old from Kentucky. The third speaker was Mrs. Tennessee International, Cydney Miller who is a loyal advocate of early cancer detection. In keeping with the theme of early detection, free oral cancer screenings were offered for all attendees. “The free screenings were an important component of the event” OCF founder, Brian Hill commented, “We urge the public to get screened annually. The dental community is the first line of defense against oral cancer, through the process of early discovery. Reducing the death rate from oral cancer is tangible, and doable in the immediate future.”

Dr. Ross Kerr, an oral medicine specialist from New York University, who is an advisor to the foundation, commented on 24 year old survivor ShayLynn Grant. “Most people have a perception that this is a disease of older people who have spent a lifetime using tobacco, and finally develop the disease in their sixth or seventh decade of life. That is no longer completely accurate. With the Human Papilloma Virus #16 becoming an increasing cause of the disease, young non-smokers are the fastest growing segment of the oral cancer population.” OCF operations manager, Megan Cannon added, “Oral Cancer is not a rare disease. It kills one person every hour of everyday in the US, and 100 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed each day. These are staggering statistics, making these events so important, as awareness of the disease and its risk factors in the US population is so low. Clearly, Nicki Raines and the Nashville participants are doing their part to raise awareness on a local level, but their impact is so much greater.  Through the funds received today, OCF will be able to disseminate information about risk factors, and do free screening events in parts of the US where disparities exist, and access to screening is either not available or cost prohibitive for those people.” Oral cancer is the largest group of those cancers which fall into the head and neck cancer category. Common names for it include mouth cancer, tongue cancer, head and neck cancer and throat cancer.

The Oral Cancer Foundation, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public service charity that provides information, patient support, sponsorship of research, and advocacy related to this disease. It maintains a Web site at which receives millions of hits per month. At the forefront of this year’s agenda is the drive to promote awareness in the minds of the American public about the need to undergo an inexpensive, painless and quick annual screening, and an outreach to the dental community to provide this service as a matter of routine practice.

CONTACT:  Brian Hill of Oral Cancer Foundation, +1-949-646-8000

SOURCE Oral Cancer Foundation

Oral cancer doesn’t silence North Carolina man

Source: The Cherokee Scout
Author: Lizz Harold

Marble – Switching out one form of tobacco for another, Rick Miller, 44, learned how to quit smoking and dipping the hard way.

Miller went to a doctor in March to see if an ulcer inside his mouth could be removed. He expected a round of antibiotics or oral surgery. He figured he would be back to dipping as usual after it was taken care of.

“I really didn’t have any symptoms. I got an ulcer underneath my tongue. They thought it was all it was,” Miller said.     Miller’s wife, Nicolia, did what most people do when they suspect they have an ailment. She went online and did an Internet search. After doing her own research, she was convinced it was mouth cancer, and Miller decided to see a specialist to see if their suspicions were correct.

“Everything happened so fast after that,” Miller said.

Informed by the specialist that he had oral cancer, he was immediately set up with a chemotherapy and radiation doctor.

The father of four, two who are twin toddlers, had to undergo bouts of chemotherapy – including days where it was pumping into him everyday.

From dipping to smoking

Eight years ago, he stopped a 21-year smoking habit and began dipping tobacco. After more than 30 years of combined tobacco use, Miller has been forced to give up his addiction.

“I gave up smoking and needed something to fill the void,” Miller said.

He said he got a big wake-up call when his body began to change. He lost weight and hair as his body was ravaged by treatments. He has a difficult time explaining his physical transformation to his children.

“I have my 4-year-old daughter grab my hand and ask, ‘Daddy, are you still sick?’ It is heartbreaking,” he said.

Miller had surgery to install a feeding tube late last month. His stomach had to be shifted in place to fit the tube and the entire surgery cost about $15,000.

He has one last round of chemotherapy before he starts radiation treatments. Miller’s mouth and throat will be so sore and damaged, he will be unable to speak normally for about two months.

The aggressive treatments, paired with stacking hospital bills, have Miller concerned for his family.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Peachtree Community Center, there will be an all-day event to help the Millers afford hospital payments. The morning starts off with a yard sale lasting until noon.

Rib Country in Murphy has donated barbecue for the benefit and plates will be sold at 4 p.m. Anyone is invited to attend and enjoy a bluegrass band along with gospel music from Vengeance Creek Baptist Church.

An auction and cake walk starts at 5 p.m. The public can partake in a dunking booth from 4:30-5 p.m. Anyone interested in donating items to the auction can call Debra Keating at 557-0036 or Robert Debty at 361-7354.

Teen dippers also at risk

On April 8, Chais Wright, 18, a senior at Andrews High School, volunteered to have a free oral cancer screening.

He lined up for the screening in the school’s gymnasium following a presentation from Gruen Von Behrens, a nationally known speaker and oral cancer survivor who used dip tobacco as a teenager.

Wright is a dipper like Miller, and while being screened by school nurse Barbara Haydon, several lesions were found in his mouth. A lesion can be a precursor to cancer.

Haydon said he went to his regular family physician due to her recommendation.

“He quit for two weeks and the lesions went away,” Haydon said.

Wright started dipping when he was 13, and he said it is common for men in Andrews to submit to a chewing tobacco culture. The taste, feel and look of dipping is still appealing to him, he said.

“I’m concerned. I’m trying to quit right now,” Wright said.

Wright admits to dipping; however, the risks are not lost on him. He said he used to go through a can of snuff a day. Now, one can last him about four days.

Wright’s father, Roger, has been a dipper for 30 years. He said he supports his son’s efforts to quit.

“There is nothing appealing about it. It is the worst drug in the world,” Roger said.

June, 2010|Oral Cancer News|

Big Tobacco Files Lawsuit Over Anti-Smoking Ads

Source: Gothamist
Author: John Del Signore

A Board of Health directive could soon require any retailers selling cigarettes to display graphic warning signs (like the sample here) about the dangers of smoking, plus information on where to seek help quitting. But that would violate their First Amendment rights by focring them to “undertake graphic advocacy on behalf of the city,” according to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court today by cigarette manufacturers’ R.J. Reynolds, Philip Morris and Lorillard, along with two Queens convenience stores and two retail groups.

The signs, which vividly depict the insalubrious effects of smoking on various parts of the human body (think mouth cancer and heart disease), “do not describe the risks of smoking in purely factual terms,” the lawsuit claims.Furthermore, “The mandated signs crowd out other advertisements and otherwise dominate the point of sale in many smaller establishments, to the exclusion of merchandise or other messages chosen by the store owners. The signs thus deprive retailers of the limited space available for communicating with their customers and thereby restrict their speech.” Say, it’s nice to see Big Tobacco sticking up for the little guy, innit?

In a statement, the Health Department says:

Tobacco is an addictive drug that kills some 7,500 New Yorkers every year. It disables many more. Yet studies show that many smokers are still unaware of the full risks that smoking poses. By requiring cigarette vendors to post warning signs at the point of sale in retail outlets, New York City is trying to alert that anyone considering a tobacco purchase to the consequences of smoking, and direct them to resources that can help with quitting.

We know that health warnings raise people’s awareness of the dangers of smoking, help prevent kids from starting smoking, and motivate smokers to quit. Point-of-purchase warnings are one of the best tools we have to keep the next generation of New Yorkers from becoming addicted. By trying to suppress this educational campaign, the tobacco industry is signaling its desire to keep kids in the dark.

June, 2010|Oral Cancer News|

Tobacco ‘mints’ tied to kids’ poisoning

Author: JoNel Aleccia

Smokeless, flavored tobacco products that look like candy and come in packages shaped like cell phones may be contributing to accidental poisonings in very young children, new research suggests.

Nicotine-laced pellets, strips and sticks that dissolve completely in the user’s mouth — dubbed “tobacco candy” by critics — have joined chewing tobacco and snuff to become the second-most common cause of unintentional tobacco ingestion in kids younger than 6.

Between 2006 and 2008, nearly 1,800 U.S. youngsters — almost 600 a year —accidentally consumed smokeless tobacco products, according to an analysis of 13,705 tobacco-related reports to the nation’s poison control centers. That’s a fraction of the nearly 3,600 poisonings a year that involved cigarettes and filter tips, but it worries authors of the new study published in the journal Pediatrics.

“Novel smokeless tobacco products, including dissolvable, compressed tobacco products … are now of major concern, with their discreet form, candy-like appearance and added flavorings that may be attractive to children,” the authors write.

Potential poisonings add to the growing list of worries from those who fear that tobacco makers thwarted by anti-smoking laws are trying to peddle their addictive products to a new generation of users. Tasty flavors and packaging that resembles Tic Tac mints could be a powerful draw to young users, critics say.

“Our response has been one of dismay,” said Cathryn Cushing, a spokeswoman for the Oregon Tobacco Prevention & Education Program. Oregon is one of three states, along with Ohio and Indiana, tapped as a test market for Camel Orbs, tobacco pellets that contain mint and other pleasant flavors.

“They lost the battle of second-hand smoke and they’re trying to make up for that.”

Not so, said a spokesman for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, which makes Orbs along with Camel Strips and Camel Sticks. David P. Howard, director of communications, said the firm is only trying to offer an alternative for legal smokers who can’t or don’t want to quit and who prefer to enjoy tobacco use without violating laws or social norms.

“They provide adult tobacco consumers options to do it without bothering others,” said Howard, who noted that the products are not only smokeless, but also spit-less and litter-free.

The Camel products are packaged in child-resistant packages, sold only to adults 18 and older, and marketed on websites that include strict age verification safeguards, he said.

“Adult tobacco consumers should be diligent about keeping tobacco and all nicotine products away from children,” said Howard, who added that other household items, such as vitamins and cosmetics, poison far more children each year.

But that doesn’t convince public health officials like Alfred Aleguas Jr., managing director of the Northern Ohio Poison Center and co-author of the Pediatrics study. Even a single Orb, which contains about 1 milligram of nicotine, is enough to sicken a small child, he said, adding that a handful of pellets potentially could be lethal.

A 3-year-old in Oregon ingested Orbs last summer, according to the state’s poison center. In Indiana, two toddlers suffered mild poisoning after ingesting “snus,” small packages of flavored smokeless tobacco.

“To have this be relatively new on the market and to already have exposure, I think that’s significant,” said Aleguas.

Snus is among several products marketed in the past few years by Reynolds and Philip Morris USA as the tobacco makers expanded their smokeless holdings in response to a changing climate.

Should tobacco ‘mints’ be allowed to be sold?
Smoking rates down, tobacco consumption up

Cigarette consumption has plummeted in the United States, even as smokeless tobacco consumption has gone up. Howard estimated that cigarette volumes have fallen between 10 percent and 11 percent in recent years, while the smokeless tobacco market has risen between 5 percent and 6 percent.

Between 1996 and 2006, the average per-capita number of cigarettes smoked fell from 2,355 a year to 1,650 a year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. During that same period, consumption of snuff rose from .31 pounds to .38 pounds a year.

Critics charge that attracting young users through more palatable smokeless tobacco products is the goal of the new marketing efforts. In the U.S., 13.4 percent of high school boys and 2.3 percent of high school girls use smokeless tobacco, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, based in Washington, D.C.

Slick advertisements for Camel Orbs, Camel Sticks and Camel Strips appear to directly target high school students and pre-teens said Terry E. Pechacek, associate director for Science in the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

“Underage children are being reached by this advertising,” said Pechacek, who co-authored the new study. “They can use it in school settings, they can use it around their parents, they can use it in other social settings.”

Howard denied that the tobacco firm targets young users.

At issue, of course, is the health harm from tobacco use. Because there’s no burning, the risk of lung cancer may be lower with smokeless products, but the products are linked to oral cancers, gum disease, nicotine addiction and heart disease. Even the Camel site carries a bold reminder that the dissolvable products can cause mouth cancer.

“All tobacco products carry risk,” Howard said. “We are marketing them as tobacco products.”

Another worry, Pechacek said, is that two-thirds of young smokeless tobacco users are increasingly combining the products with cigarettes, and more than half of users aged 12 to 17 are using both.

“The real potential is that those types of dual users, if they maintain that pattern, may have lifelong risks very similar to smokers,” he said.

The new products didn’t sit well with Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, who were outraged when Camel Orbs were test-marketed in their states.

“Tobacco candies are clearly designed to appeal to children through both packaging and taste,” Merkley said in a press release. “Congress and the FDA must act quickly to ensure our children do not become victims of the tobacco companies’ latest efforts to hook new generations of Americans on deadly products.”

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Panel to examine menthol cigarettes’ impact

Together, Brown and Merkley authored an amendment that was included in groundbreaking legislation last year that gave the FDA new power to regulate tobacco products. It put dissolvable tobacco on the inaugural agenda of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, which met for the first time last month. The committee must issue a report on the public health impact of the products within two years, according to the new law.

In the meantime, the good news for anti-tobacco groups is that interest in the new smokeless products, which retail for between $4 and $5 a pack, hasn’t set sales on fire. Howard says the company is optimistic about early response, but there are no immediate plans to roll out the product nationwide.

“For a tobacco product, it’s been quite slow,” said Tim Cote, vice president of marketing for Plaid Pantry, based in Beaverton, Ore., a grocery chain that first sold Orbs.

“While we carry them, they’re an item that would be borderline dropped,” Cote said. “How good has the trial been? Not very good.”

April, 2010|Oral Cancer News|

Drinkers underestimate harm from alcohol

Author: OnMedica staff

More than half (55%) of people in England who drink alcohol wrongly believe that alcohol only damages your health if you regularly get drunk or binge drink, a poll by YouGov has shown.

YouGov questioned more than 2,000 adults and found that 83% of those who regularly drink more than the NHS recommended limits – 2-3 units a day for women and 3-4 units a day for men – don’t realise that their drinking is risking their long-term health.

An estimated 10 million adults in England are drinking above the recommended limits, so about 8.3 million people are potentially unaware of the damage their drinking could be causing.

Although 86% of drinkers surveyed said they knew that drinking alcohol is related to liver disease, far fewer realised it is also linked with breast cancer (7%), throat cancer (25%), mouth cancer (28%), stroke (37%) and heart disease (56%), along with other serious conditions.

The government has funded a £6 million campaign, backed by charities Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and the Stroke Association, to warn drinkers of the unseen health damage caused by regularly drinking more than the NHS advises. Billboard, press and TV adverts will show drinkers the damage that is being done to their organs while they are drinking, whether in a pub or at home.

More than 9,000 people in the UK die from alcohol-related causes each year. The World Health Organisation estimates that 20% of alcohol-related deaths are from cancer, 15% are from cardiovascular conditions such as heart disease and stroke, and 13% are from liver disease.

Research shows that a man regularly drinking more than two pints of strong lager a day could be three times more likely to have a stroke and three times more likely to get mouth cancer. A woman regularly drinking two large glasses of wine or more a day is 50% more likely to get breast cancer and twice as likely to have high blood pressure, which could lead to a stroke or a heart attack.

Joe Korner, director of communications for The Stroke Association, said: “We are pleased to be involved in this campaign because it alerts people to the long-term health risks of regular heavy drinking.

“Stroke is the biggest cause of severe adult disability and hits 150,000 people a year. So, it’s vital that people understand that women who persistently drink more than three units of alcohol a day and men who drink more then four, are more likely to get high blood pressure, the single biggest risk factor for stroke.“

Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “While sensible drinking in moderation has been shown to offer some protection against heart disease, this should not be seen as a green light to start drinking.

“There are better ways to protect yourself from heart disease. The evidence is clear, regularly drinking above the recommended daily limits harms the heart as well as causing a host of other harmful effects.”

The campaign website,, launches on Monday 1 February and will feature interactive tools to arm people with the information they need to make healthier choices.

January, 2010|Oral Cancer News|

HSE apologises over diagnosis

Source: Irishtimes
Author: Mary Carolan

The HSE has apologised to the family of a deceased 59 year old man after admitting a two year delay in diagnosing his cancer and is also to pay over some €102,000 under a settlement of High Court proceedings.

John McNeive, Logalisheen, Ballindine, Co Mayo, died in August 2005 four months after he was diagnosed with cancer of the mouth. Proceedings for mental distress and trauma arising from his death were brought on behalf of the family by his widow Eileen.

Liability in the case was admitted by the HSE.

The court heard Mr McNeive had been referred to University College Hospital Galway in April 2003, where he underwent a number of tests, after attending his GP with a headache.

Despite the concerns of his wife, family and his GP, it was not until April 2005 that a biopsy revealed he had extensive cancer. By that stage, the cancer had spread to his spleen and he died on August 13th of that year.

Yesterday, in a statement read before Mr Justice John Quirke, Patrick Hanratty SC for the HSE said his clients “acknowledged that there was a delay in the diagnosis of Mr McNeive”.

The HSE wished to apologise to the family of Mr McNeive for what had occurred and for all the hurt and distress caused to them, the statement added.

“The HSE acknowledges that his family could have done no more to help him,” added counsel. Eoin McCullough SC, for the family, said they were happy with the settlement proposed.

Approving the settement, Mr Justice Quirke offered the sympathies of the court to the McNeive family over “a very distressing matter.”

Mr McNeive, who had a brain tumour removed and a shunt inserted in 1966, had complained of headaches and swelling on his face in 2003 and 2004. He attended both UCGH and Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. In Beaumont in August 2004, he underwent a number of tests, and a scan revealed a large tumour in his mouth.

In September 2004, a surgeon at UCGH concluded Mr McNeive did not have a tumour in his mouth, the family said. Two months later, a doctor at Beaumont concluded his problems were due to the shunt. However, after an operation to remove the shunt, a test showed there was no infection.

It was also claimed Mr McNeive’s situation was left to deteriorate further after that and that other symptoms of mouth cancer were ignored.

The HSE, it was argued had failed properly diagnose Mr McNeive’s tumour, failed to follow up on the results of tests, failed to act with any haste, ignored evidence of a tumour, and failed to provide him with adequate pain control or drugs because the diagnosis had not been made.

It was claimed, ad the HSE diagnosed Mr McNeive’s condition in August 2004, he could have undergone surgery and radiotherapy and, on the balance of probabilities, would have survived.

In a statement, Mrs McNeive and her sons David and Michael welcomed the HSE’s acknowledgment of the delay in diagnosing the illness that preceded Mr McNeive’s death.

The statement said John’s “irreplaceable love and warmth are sadly missed and his passing has left a void in our lives.”

“We hope that by highlighting the delay in the care he received, lessons will be learned and systems and procedures will be improved and that there will be better communication within the HSE,” the family added. Their motivation for bringing this case “was to seek an apology from the HSE”, they said.

They also called for “the need for reform in the law in relation to compensation in cases such as this.” The amount available for mental distress compensation where a person died was €25,394.76, which seemed “paltry when contrasted with some of the amounts of money awarded for other, perhaps less serious cases”.

January, 2010|Oral Cancer News|

CDC finds poisons in dissolvable tobacco products

Source: Notobacco

Author: Staff

Since the beginning of this year, Indianapolis has been a test market for new dissolvable tobacco products, mostly from Camel. These are smokeless, spit-free, made from finely milled tobacco, and held together by food-grade 41887-Camel_Dissolvablesbinders. They look like breath mints, breath strips, or toothpicks, and are designed to be placed in the mouth, on the tongue or between the cheek and gum, where they dissolve to release tobacco.

Dissolvable tobacco products are now available in Daviess County in the form of Stonewall dissolvable tablets. The manufacturer, Star Scientific, states that Stonewalls are designed for heavy smokers and spit tobacco users. This company also makes Ariva brand dissolvable tablets.

Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation agency feels the tobacco companies are illegally using Hoosiers as unwitting participants in a potentially dangerous clinical trial of these products since they were not tested for safety before being sold to the public, as food products, drugs, and cosmetics would be.

StonewallsDissolvable tobacco products may contain up to three times the amount of nicotine found in one cigarette. A cigarette smoker typically takes in about 1 milligram of nicotine. Camel dissolvable products are said to deliver about 0.6 to 3.1 milligrams of nicotine each, Ariva tablets have about 1.5 millgrams of nicotine each, and Stonewall tablets have about 4 milligrams of nicotine each.

People who use these products may get a higher dose of nicotine than they are used to, possibly resulting in nicotine poisoning, which manifests through adverse reactions such as tremors, nausea, vomiting, agitation, and in more extreme cases, seizures, coma, and death. The high nicotine content combined with the nature of the products and the ease of use is a potentially deadly combination for both adults and children. For example, users may be tempted to ingest multiple tablets at one time, like they would breath mints.

Less than a milligram of nicotine is enough to kill a child, depending on age and weight. Indiana Poison Control has already received calls regarding nicotine poisoning associated with dissolvable tobacco use.

Dissolvable tobacco is not a safe alternate to cigarettes, even though tobacco companies are marketing them as a safer alternative with fewer toxins. People who use spit tobacco are at risk of many health problems including cancers and mouth diseases, and we have no reason to believe dissolvable products are any safer.

Collaboration between ITPC and Dr. Jeffery Wigand, a former tobacco company researcher who achieved national prominence when he became the tobacco industry’s highest ranking former executive to address public health and smoking issues, has resulted in a preliminary CDC study of Camel Orbs dissolvable products.


The study found two questionable ingredients in Orbs: cinnamaldehyde, a toxic insecticide, fungicide, corrosion inhibitor, and severe skin irritant; and coumarin, which the FDA banned as a food additive in 1978 and as a cigarette additive in 1997. Since this was only a preliminary study, we don’t know what other chemicals and toxins may be present in Camel, Stonewall, or Ariva dissolvable tobacco products.

In a presentation to ITPC representatives recently, Dr. Wigand said the tobacco companies are doing clinical testing on people without their consent by selling dissolvable tobacco products that have not undergone safety testing. He said that formulas of Camel dissolvable products vary by test market; the Camel dissolvable products being sold in Indianapolis and surrounding counties have the highest levels of nicotine.

I’d like to ask each of you to take action by writing to the attorney general and the FDA. Ask them to remove dissolvable products from our stores and test them for safety.

Write to the attorney general at Consumer Protection Division, 302 West Washington Street, 5th Floor, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or call 317-232-6330.

Submit comments online to the FDA through or by mail to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

October, 2009|Oral Cancer News|

Gwyneth Paltrow: Charity Chick


She’s always been interested in using her celebrity for the benefit of others, and last night Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted at the Women’s Cancer Research Fund’s ‘Unforgettable Evening.’

The “Shakespeare in Love” hottie was looking absolutely gorgeous as she arrived at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, sporting a white dress with a matching blazer and a pair of pink and yellow feathered heels as she mingled with guests including Courtney Cox and Rita Wilson.

And Gwyn was more than just another attendee at the event – she also received the 2009 Courage Award for her dedication to cancer research.

Gwyneth, along with her mother Blythe Danner and brother Jake Paltrow founded the Bruce Paltrow Oral Cancer Fund in memory of her father who suffered for years with mouth cancer, and finally lost his battle in 2002. The fund is part of the National non-profit Oral Cancer Foundation, (

February, 2009|Oral Cancer News|

Bravery of cancer fight boy praised

Author: Chris Robinson

A boy given a new tongue in pioneering surgery at a North hospital has been nominated for a prestigious bravery award.

Four-year-old Daniel Sewell has been nominated for a Little Star award, which is backed by F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, Dr Who actor David Tennant and Arsenal football star Cesc Fabregas.

As a one-year-old, Daniel, from Crook, County Durham, underwent surgery for mouth cancer at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary. Doctors warned his parents that he may never talk properly.

Surgeons had to take out three-quarters of his tongue and replace it with muscle from his abdominal lining.

Now Daniel is a happy, talkative pupil at Crook Primary School. After The Journal reported on his remarkable recovery last month, the charity Cancer Research UK contacted parents Alison and Richard, asking them to nominate him for one of their Little Star awards.

Alison, 43, said: “It was so hard for the first few weeks when we didn’t know which way it was going to go. If we hadn’t noticed when we did I really don’t think he would have made it. Mouth cancer is a silent killer.

“Even hospital staff couldn’t believe a child of 13 months could get this disease. People need to be aware that this can happen to anybody. It is so important that people get themselves checked out.

“We were so nervous when he had the operation, and we were told he might never talk properly, so when he said ‘Mam’ for the first time I was just so happy, I was dancing round the kitchen.

“He is a little devil. If you tell him to turn right he will turn left. He is contrary, but I wouldn’t change him for the world.

“I was delighted to nominate him for this accolade after Cancer Research UK contacted me following the article in The Journal.”

The Little Star Awards are given out by Cancer Research UK and partner TK Maxx.

There in no panel of judges awarding Little Star’s because they believe each and every child who confronts cancer is extra special. All nominees receive a £100 TK Maxx voucher, a chrome trophy and a certificate signed by celebrities including Hamilton, Tennant and Fabregas.

A Cancer Research UK spokeswoman, said: “The awards are now in their sixth year and allow us to salute the courage of youngsters diagnosed with cancer.”

The awards are open to young people under the age of 17 who have cancer or have been treated for the disease in the last five years.

December, 2008|Oral Cancer News|