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Joana Breckner

A Routine Dental Visit Saved My Life

Lecture | 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. | One (1) CE Hour   | Category B


Instagram: @JoanaDYP

Course Description

My cancer journey took me by surprise.  What began in the dentist’s chair in 2001, years later became a devastating oral cancer diagnosis the day before going on a Disney Cruise with my family.  Three rounds of cancer later, I stand up and speak publicly with a speech impediment (don’t worry; you can understand me) after re-learning how to talk and eat twice. 

Beginning with my diagnoses and multiple surgeries, to treatment, recovery and remission, my personal journey highlights the highs and lows as an oral cancer patient.  With honesty, humor, and emotion I share the unexpected and unusual personal power I discovered along the way to persevere and remain resilient and hopeful. 

Learning Objectives

  • Reinforce why oral screenings are imperative for every patient, even if they do not fit into high risk categories like myself.  At diagnosis, I was in my early 40’s, never smoked, barely drank, no HPV and no family history.
  • Share one person’s perspective into what happens throughout an oral cancer journey.
  • Once the oral cancer is over it’s never truly over.  What the dentist might encounter once the patient returns from completing treatment.  Exploring the collateral damage of my illness, and how I manage it.

Course Sponsored By:
if you are interested in sponsoring this course, please contact Makenzie Dean

Speaker Bio

Through this healing, I have been inspired to help others by creating DYP™ – Discovering Your Power, Your Way and the DYP Emergency Kit™, a coping tool to build resilience and manage the big and small challenges of life. So many of us are fighting challenges in isolation, I want people to know they are not alone, and they can tap into power within themselves as they face any obstacle and help answer the question “Where is my power?

My story has appeared in Costco Connection Magazine, the Ventura County Star, TroDent Magazine, The Acorn, the American Dental Association’s MouthHealthy and interviews on KTTV Channel 11, DentalProductsReport and several podcasts.  I have spoken at various organizations throughout the United States and abroad.

I am the Founder of DYP, an accidental motivational speaker, cancer awareness advocate, and wife and mother to two girls who were only 6 months and 2 ½ years old at my initial diagnosis.