For Immediate Release
Contact: Kaylyn Kendall Dines
Jersey Dental School Hosts a Free Screening To Detect Oral Cancer
Americans have experienced a red or white spot or sore in their
mouths. Often these are harmless. However, in some cases, these
spots and sores can indicate the early signs of oral cancer. Men
and women over age 18 are invited to a free oral screening at
the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
on Thursday, November 7, from 9 a.m. to noon, and from 1 p.m.
to 4 p.m. The screenings will be held at the UMDNJ-New Jersey
Dental School, 110 Bergen Street in Newark, and at the University
Dental Center located at 13 Somerdale Square, Somerdale.
Jersey Dental School is a founding member institution of the Oral
Cancer Consortium, which is sponsoring the fourth annual Oral
Cancer Screening in New Jersey and New York. Individuals participating
in the screenings will receive a comprehensive oral cancer examination
administered by a dental professional. If a suspicious looking
spot or sore is found, the dental professional may administer
a painless brush biopsy test to determine if potentially cancerous
cells are present.
detection of oral cancer significantly improves survival and cure
rates for many patients," according to Dr. Michael Glick, professor
and chair of the Diagnostic Sciences Department at the UMDNJ-New
Jersey Dental School.
detection is key to increasing the survival rate for oral cancer,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and
plays a significant role in patients' success in fighting the
disease. However, only 15 percent of the population report having
had an oral cancer examination and only seven percent report receiving
detection plays an important role in the success of treating many
other cancers," said Dr. Arnold H. Rosenheck, assistant dean for
Hospital Affairs and Institutional Development at the UMDNJ-New
Jersey Dental School. "It isn't any different with oral cancer.
Our goal is to increase awareness of oral cancer and encourage
people not only to become more aware of the spots and sores in
their mouths, but also to discuss oral cancer with their dentists.
Since testing is now painless, it is simpler than ever to know
brush biopsy system, which is manufactured by Oral Scan Laboratories,
Inc., in Suffern, N.Y., will be used to obtain a sample of the
oral cells. The attending dentist will place the tissue specimen
from the brush on a clear slide, which then will be sent to a
laboratory for analysis. A special computer-assisted analysis
will determine whether the tissue from the lesion contains cancerous
cells. Referrals for treatment will be made for patients with
which consists of metropolitan area health care institutions and
professional societies in the New York/New Jersey area, is committed
to educating residents about the signs and risk factors associated
with oral cancer, a disease that claims the life of one person
per hour and kills more Americans each year than cervical cancer
or skin cancer.
cancer affects more than 30,000 Americans annually, claiming approximately
8,000 lives. Tobacco users and those who consume large amounts
of alcohol are at higher risk for developing oral cancer; however,
25 percent of oral cancer patients are not in this high risk category.
Unlike breast cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer, the mortality
rate for oral cancer has not improved in decades.
information call 973-972-4839 at the UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School
in Newark and at University Dental Center in Somerdale, call 856-566-6000.
of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) is the state's
university of the health sciences. UMDNJ comprises New Jersey's
only three medical schools, the only dental school, a school of
health related professions, a school of nursing, a school of public
health, and a school of biomedical sciences on campuses in Newark,
Piscataway/New Brunswick, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ also operates
University Hospital, Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare,
a statewide network. It is affiliated with more than 200 institutions
of health care and higher education in New Jersey.