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NYUCD Students Lead Fifth Annual NYC Oral Cancer Walk

Dr. Ross Kerr addresses participants in the 2010 Oral Cancer Walk
The annual New York City Oral Cancer Walk, now in its fifth year, was once again led by NYUCD students, who initiated the walk in 2006 to raise awareness of a disease that kills over 7,000 American men and women each year. From its inception, the students have been mentored by Dr. Ross Kerr, Associate Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology & Oral Medicine, and have led the walk through 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 country.

In addition to students from the NYU chapter of the Student National Dental Organization (SNDA), organizers and participants included students from other SNDA chapters, and NYU dental hygiene and nursing students, in partnership with the Harlem Hospital Center, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, NYU College of Dentistry, Columbia University, and Renaissance Healthcare Network.

A highlight of the event was the participation of "As the World Turns" star Colleen Zenk Pinter, who has survived two bouts of oral cancer and who challenged students to become oral cancer activists.

"As the future front-line specialists in screening for and detecting oral cancer at its earliest, most curable stages,” said Ms. Pinter, “you have the ability to save lives. I hope that you will take that responsibility very seriously."

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