For Immediate Release: Contact: Christopher James
February 17, 2010 212.998.6876
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NYU and Columbia Dental Students, Harlem Hospital Center, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, and Renaissance Health Care Network Team Up to Stamp Out Oral Cancer
On Saturday, April 24, 2010, students from New York University College of Dentistry and from other local chapters of the Student National Dental Association (SNDA), in partnership with the Harlem Hospital Center, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, NYU, Columbia University, and Renaissance Health Care Network, will lead New York City’s fourth annual Oral Cancer Walk to raise awareness of a disease that kills over 7,000 American men and women each year.
The walk is taking place in Harlem to call attention to the fact that oral cancer disproportionately affects African-American men, who have the highest rates of oral cancer in the United States. If detected in its earliest stages, however, oral cancer is easily treated. The key is early detection and prevention. Major risk factors are tobacco and heavy alcohol use.
Free oral cancer screenings and general health screenings will be available immediately following the walk.
WHEN: Saturday, April 24, 2010 11AM– rain or shine
WHERE: Registration begins at 9AM at Jackie Robinson Park on West 149th Street & Bradhurst Avenue
Welcoming ceremonies begin at 10AM and Walk begins at 11AM. Participants will receive a map of the walk route (approximately four miles) when they register.
The first 600 registered walkers will receive free T-shirts with the Oral Cancer Walk logo. All walkers must have at least one sponsor. Walkers are encouraged to seek sponsorship to cover and exceed their registration cost. There will be special prizes for the three walkers or team leaders who raise the most money or have the greatest number of sponsors. Registration details, walker donation forms, and more information are available at www.oralcancerwalknyc.org