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by Drs. Parul Dua Makkar and Sanjukta Mohanta
Dr. Parul Dua Makkar
graduated from the
University of Oklahoma
College of Dentistry with a
DDS in 2003, then worked in
private practice in Calgary.
In 2006, she moved to
New York and did one-year
general practice residency
at Staten Island University
Hospital. Makkar currently has a private practice
in Long Island, New York, where she lives with her
husband and two sons. Email: parul_dua@yahoo.com.
Dr. Sanjukta Mohanta is a
general dentist practicing
in a publicly funded dental
clinic in Brampton, Ontario.
She graduated from the
University of Toronto
Faculty of Dentistry in
1999. She volunteers
with the Canadian Dental
Association, the Ontario
Dental Association and the Halton-Peel Dental
Association. Email: sanjuktamohanta@hotmail.com,
Instagram: @drsanjmohanta.
Regular screenings for oral cancer can
help prevent deaths like Dr. Manu Dua's
Fig. 1
T
his is a story that doesn't end well. It starts
with a 32-year-old dentist from Calgary,
Dr. Manu Dua, noticing something on the
side of his tongue. He sends a photo of it (Fig. 1)
to his sister, Dr. Parul Dua Makkar, a dentist in
New York, and asks, " Didi [which means " older
sister " in Hindi], should I be worried about this? "
She urges him to get a biopsy but he shrugs it off,
thinking it's not serious. " It can't be cancer; I'm
too young, " he says. Less than two years later,
Parul is sharing stories about her baby brother
with family and friends-at his funeral. (Manu
died of oral cancer in March at age 34.)
This story has an ending that didn't have to happen. With an earlier diagnosis
and proper treatment, Manu would be sharing his story of surviving cancer instead
of his sister talking about his death. By learning from his story, we can change the
ending for others.
This is a story about oral cancer. This is the story of what we can do to create
happier endings.
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