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    Colleen Zenk Pinter Brings Cancer Story to ATWT

    Friday, January 04 2008


    Barbara has a bad diagnosis! (Soaps.com)
    Just a couple of months ago, Colleen Zenk Pinter told the world that she had been battling oral cancer for several months. Now, it looks like As The World Turns is going to reach into Colleen's real life for her character, Barbara's, next battle.

    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!


    Will anyone help Barbara out? (Soaps.com)
    Colleen underwent three surgeries and had part of her tongue removed during her treatment. She also had radiation therapy. Fans first noticed the difference in Colleen's speech early in 2007, but the star didn't tell her story until October of last year. You can read about Colleen's cancer battle here. The only lingering effect from the cancer is a slight lisp. Other than that Colleen says she is 100%!

    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.


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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by Idabidacus at Sunday, January 06 2008 07:32 PM

    Bless your heart, Colleen. We had no idea what you have gone through and can only imagine the journey you went on. My family and I will continue to pray for your lasting success. God Bless

    Posted by SndrElkins at Wednesday, January 16 2008 11:58 AM

    You are in my prayers Colleen.I'm so happy that your doctors have giving you a clean bill of health.

    Posted by Reba Larue at Monday, February 04 2008 07:34 PM

    Colleen,I didn't know until recently that the storyline you are portraying about oral cancer is true-to-life.Thank God you are now in good health.Thanks for showing us true courage.

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