Washington Girl Now Cancer Free After Dentist Discovered Tumor During Routine Visit
Updated: Jul 17, 2019
Alexandria Hein, March 6, 2019. Fox News
Summarized by: Ilan Jamnik
Hunter Jones, a 5-year-old girl from Washington, went in to see her pediatric dentist for a routine exam. The dentist, Dr. Harlyn Susarla, noticed an abnormality in Hunter’s panoramic radiograph. The radiograph revealed a tumor in Hunter’s jaw. Dr. Susarla sent Hunter to Seattle Children’s Hospital where she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is an aggressive cancer that typically occurs in children younger than five years of age. Thankfully, Dr. Susarla’s detection of the tumor allowed Hunter to seek treatment early, and she was recently declared cancer free. This case highlights the crucial role of dentists in the early detection of cancer in the head and neck.