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New York/New Jersey Alliance Shares an "A" for
Prevention and Early Detection of Oral Cancer
 
As regional hosts of the Oral Cancer Consortium, New York and New Jersey shared a grade of A for their efforts to reduce the incidence of oral cancer and to ensure early diagnosis, according to a report card issued recently by Oral Health America.

The "A" grade was awarded specifically for an outstanding grassroots effort that offers a free annual screening and a consumer Web site, www.oral-cancer.org. Moreover, in part because of the Consortium initiative, New York is the only state in the nation to mandate continuing education in the area of oral cancer detection and prevention as a requirement for dental licensure.

The report lauded the Consortium's advertising efforts that prompt patients to ask their dentists about oral cancer and its success in increasing the number of dentists and other healthcare practitioners who conduct oral cancer exams.

"Lives are being saved by the efforts of New York and New Jersey to fight against oral cancer," said Robert Klaus, President and CEO of Oral Health America, the nation's premier, fully independent organization dedicated to improving oral health.