Earlier this week, Barbara received bad news from her doctor. Though we haven't been told on-screen yet what exactly is happening with Barbara, Soaps.com has learned that she will be stricken with the same disease that Colleen has battled in real life - oral cancer!
The storyline seems like a case of "great minds thinking alike". Colleen says she was getting ready to approach the writers and producers of the show with the idea of beginning a story dealing with oral cancer when they brought the story to her instead!
Oral cancer is becoming more prevalent, especially in women. Researchers have found a link between oral cancer and the virus that causes cervical cancer. The cancer is also linked to the use of alcohol and tobacco products. Doctors estimate that 37,000 people will be stricken with the disease this year.
The good news is that, if found early enough, between 80% and 90% of patients can survive.
Soaps.com is very glad that Colleen has received a clean bill of health from her doctors and we applaud the producers and writers at ATWT for bringing a real story about oral cancer to daytime television. If you would like to send Colleen or the writers a note of thanks you can do so by clicking here.