Spring 2005 Table of Contents
Oral Cancer Screening Day Draws 1,500 Participants

In April, NYUCD and the 28 other members of the Oral Cancer Consortium -- academic dental centers, hospitals, and dental societies throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania -- offered free regional oral cancer exams for the seventh consecutive year. More than 1,500 people at all sites took advantage of the free screenings.

Participants received a comprehensive oral cancer examination conducted by a dental professional. If, in the examination, a suspicious looking red or white spot was found, the dental professional administered a new, painless brush biopsy test to determine if there was any potentially pre-cancerous or cancerous cell present. A total of 84 brush biopsies were performed. When the disease is detected early, the survival rate is 80 percent compared with 17 percent when found in later stages.

Photos courtesy of Dr. Amid Ismail, University of Michigan