My name is Berlinda James, and I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma base of tongue cancer, in January of 2014. The lesion at the base of my tongue was very painful, but this is not usually the case with oral cancer. Oral cancer is usually painless. I feel very blessed, therefore, that my cancer was caught early. I was treated with surgery only. I am 7 years and 7 months out now, and I continue to feel blessed. This is why I am a very vocal advocate for the prevention and early detection of oral cancer.