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2012-04-19 23:04:09

Dentists can identify early signs of oral cancer. Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) April 19, 2012 As part of Oral Cancer Awareness Month in April, the California Dental Association is encouraging people to visit their dentist for an oral cancer screening. “Dental professionals can act as a first line of defense in the early detection of oral cancer,” said CDA President-Elect Lindsey Robinson, DDS. “Oral cancer screenings are a routine part of dental examinations and can identify...

2012-04-19 20:53:59

Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers have found that targeted swallowing exercises can help alleviate swallowing dysfunction — a debilitating side effect in people undergoing chemoradiation therapy (CRT) for head and neck cancer. The study, published in the April issue of Archives of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery, a JAMA Network publication, suggests that clinicians should consider giving all patients undergoing CRT an exercise regimen to improve their quality of...

2012-04-18 09:13:06

A Michigan State University surgeon is teaming up with a Lansing-area dental benefits firm on a clinical trial to create a simple, cost-effective saliva test to detect oral cancer, a breakthrough that would drastically improve screening and result in fewer people dying of the world's sixth most common cancer. Barry Wenig, a professor in the College of Human Medicine's Department of Surgery and lead investigator on the project, is working with Delta Dental of Michigan's Research and Data...

2012-04-07 23:03:01

Oral cancer is on the rise. It´s no longer mostly smokers or tobacco-users developing it; it´s sexually-active adults between the ages of 20 and 50. Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Coast Dental and SmileCare are teaming up with the Oral Cancer Foundation to help more people get screened. Team members are declaring, “We look for it,” on buttons supplied by the Oral Cancer Foundation to spark dialog about this deadly disease. Patients will receive a $10...

2012-04-04 20:19:43

The results, which highlight the use of a novel drug called ARI-4175, may eventually point to new approaches that can be used in treating other cancers When combined with other treatments, the drug cetuximab–which works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells–has been shown to extend survival in certain types of cancer, including metastatic colorectal cancers. Unfortunately, about 40 percent of colorectal cancer patients–specifically those who carry a mutated...

2012-04-02 20:47:18

Results could lead to personalized treatment strategies for patients with this type of cancer Squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck–which typically arises from thin, flat cells that line moist surfaces inside the mouth, nose and throat–is the sixth most common type of cancer worldwide, and it has a relatively low five-year survival rate and a high recurrence rate. Recently, the disease has become even more prevalent among adults 40 years of age or younger. These...

2012-04-02 15:29:57

Pancreatic cancer kills more than 40,000 people every year, and among cancers it's particularly insidious. For 80 percent of patients, the disease is already so advanced at the time of diagnosis that treatment is unlikely to provide significantly life-extending benefits. For patients diagnosed with localized pancreatic cancer, the five-year survival rate remains barely above 20 percent, according to the National Cancer Institute. New research from scientists at Fox Chase Cancer Center in...

2012-04-02 15:28:44

Fox Chase scientists suggest that the findings could also serve as a new target for treatment Researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia have found that a protein associated with other cancers appears to also be important in head and neck cancer, and may consequently serve as a good target for new treatments. The findings will be reported at the AACR Annual Meeting 2012 on Sunday, April 1. The researchers found that patients whose tumors had higher levels of the protein...


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