Cancer survivor still seeks new ‘normal’




BEFORE DIAGNOSIS— Joana Brecknerflashes a smile prior to learning she has oral cancer. Her dentist noticed spots during a routine cleaning in 2000.
A Westlake Village mother of two is still searching for her new normal after almost seven years of treatment for oral cancer.
Joana Breckner, 44, a community volunteer who has been cancer-free for about a year, advocates early screening for cancers affecting the mouth because early detection means improved chances for recovery.
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