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Randall – The Face of Cancer

Randall Duff - Tongue CancerThis photo was posted on Facebook. To date it has over 185,000 shares… for good reason.

Randall Duff says:

I wasn’t going to post this but I decided I should…. I don’t usually do PSAs or anything like this but I thought I should because if I can change the lifestyle of one person then I made a difference.

I have smoked and/or dipped for the majority of my life… Not something I was proud of but it was something I did. Now I quit smoking on November 29th 2014 but I still dipped Copenhagen. In February of this year I noticed a spot on my tongue and asked my dentist what it was. Dr Morris ran a cancer screen and said it didn’t show up as cancerous but as a precaution I had a biopsy done.

The diagnosis was epithelial dysplasia and I went to the oral surgeon to get a further evaluation. Long story short I went on Monday to get surgery to remove the lesion and come to find out when cutting it out there was a slight bit of cancer, stage 1, but detected early enough to remove it all.

I’m fine, everything is all good but if you smoke or dip or chew, quit. I have always been healthy and had the mindset that nothing bad could happen to me. The following picture proves otherwise (it’s graphic) 12 stitches and one helluva sore tongue!!!

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6 years ago

what did the spot look like

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