New York University - College of Dentistry

Oral Cancer kills one American every hour, making it more deadly than melanoma or cervical cancer. Like many diseases, oral cancer takes a disproportionate toll on minorities. Now, thanks to an $8.3 million grant from the NIH, the NYU Oral Cancer RAAHP* (Research for Adolescent and Adult Health Promotion) Center has investigated many of the major questions that will reduce the burden of oral cancer in minority populations and other citizens.


(September 30, 2001 - July 31, 2009)

  • Conducted research to identify factors contributing to oral cancer disparities.
  • Developed and tests new strategies for eliminating them.
  • Investigated why minorities do not get oral cancer exams that might pick up the earliest stages of the disease.
  • Determined the best new techniques to diagnose oral cancer
  • Studied the bioethical issues related to reducing minority health disparities
  • Trained scientists for careers in oral cancer disparities research.

For information on studies conducted by the NYU Oral Cancer RAAHP Center, please call (212)998-9588.