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On Saturday, April 28, 2012, starting at 11am (rain or shine), oral cancer survivors and their families will join dental students, residents, and faculty of New York University College of Dentistry for New York City’s seventh annual Oral Cancer Walk. This year’s walk will be held in Manhattan to raise awareness of a disease that kills over 7,000 American men and women each year.
Other sponsors and participants include: Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, Columbia, Stony Brook, students from other chapters of the Student National Dental Association (SNDA), plus participants from the Oral Cancer Foundation, and the Oral Cancer Consortium.
Last spring, the sixth annual NYC Oral Cancer walk was a success, attracting some 700 participants, up from just shy of 300 walkers in 2006, the first year of the walk, and raising nearly $30,000. This year, the goal will be to double both the number of walkers and the funds raised.
If detected in its earliest stages oral cancer is easily treated. The key is early detection and prevention. Major risk factors are tobacco, heavy alcohol use, and human papillomavirus 16 infection.
Free oral cancer screenings will be available throughout the event, and free healthy snacks and beverages will be provided to all walkers. There will be music.
WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, April 28th, 2012 11AM– rain or shine. Registration begins at 9:00AM at New York University College of Dentistry, 345 East 24th Street, NYC
Welcoming ceremonies begin at 10:00AM and Walk begins at 11AM. Participants will receive a map of the walk route (approximately three miles) when they register.
The first 600 registered walkers will receive free T-shirts with the Oral Cancer Walk logo. 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
About New York University College of Dentistry
Founded in 1865, New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating more than 8 percent of all dentists. NYUCD has a significant global reach and provides a level of national and international diversity among its students that is unmatched by any other dental school.