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,
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.