On Saturday, April 16, 2011, oral cancer survivors and their families joined dental students from the NYU chapter of the Student National Dental Association (SNDA), residents, dental hygiene students, and nursing students and faculty of the NYU College of Dentistry for New York City's sixth annual Oral Cancer Walk in Edgar Allan Poe Park in the Bronx, to raise awareness of a disease that kills over 7,000 American men and women each year.
Other sponsors and participants included Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Columbia University, Stony Brook University, students from other chapters of the SNDA, plus participants from the Martin Luther King, Jr., Health Center, the Oral Cancer Foundation, and the Oral Cancer Consortium. If detected in its earliest stages oral cancer is easily treated. The key is early detection and prevention. Major risk factors are tobacco and heavy alcohol use.
Free oral cancer screenings and general health screenings were available throughout the event, and free healthy snacks and beverages were provided to all walkers. There was also live music, a Latin and rap dance exhibition, and face painting, clowns, and a magician to entertain youngsters.
The event was a success, attracting some 600 adults and children, and raising nearly $30,000.