Oral Cancer & Diagnostics
Fast-tracked oral mucositis drug shows promise
December 17, 2019 -- A drug intended to reduce the severity and incidence of radiation- and chemotherapy-induced oral mucositis showed promising results in a recent clinical trial. Patients treated with the drug had reduced duration, incidence, and severity of severe oral mucositis.  Discuss
ADA calls for ban on vaping products not OK'd by FDA
December 16, 2019 -- The ADA took a new, more aggressive stance against vaping and electronic cigarettes on December 16, calling for a total ban on any products that have not been approved for tobacco cessation purposes by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Discuss
Forward Science unveils campaign to fight oral cancer
December 16, 2019 -- Forward Science unveiled its Likes for Lives Campaign, pledging to donate one of its OralID oral cancer screening devices to a nonprofit for every 500 likes it gets on Facebook.
Acupuncture eases radiation-induced dry mouth
December 11, 2019 -- Acupuncture should be considered as a preventive measure for radiation-induced dry mouth in patients undergoing radiation therapy for head and neck cancer, based on the findings of a new study published on December 6 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
JADA: Dentists underscreen for oral cancer
December 5, 2019 -- How often do you screen patients for oral cancer? Probably not often enough, according to the findings of a study published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
Report: Midwestern cities rank highest for excess
December 2, 2019 -- Total the number of smokers, coffee drinkers, and the number of fast-food restaurants in a city and you have one formula to identify a population in need of dental care -- and potential for periodontal disease. Personal finance website WalletHub ranked U.S. cities for "vice and excess" and found three midwestern U.S. cities ranked highest.  Discuss
NY woman's oral cancer diagnosis led to 500-lb weight loss
November 20, 2019 -- A 35-year-old woman from New York City lost 500 lb following tongue removal surgery due to her stage 4 metastatic oral cancer diagnosis. The woman, who says she was addicted to food, believes her cancer saved her life, according to news reports.
50% of U.K. population unaware of HPV
November 18, 2019 -- Approximately half of people in the U.K. have never heard of human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a new survey by the Oral Health Foundation.
Podcast: What the ADA's change in its oral cancer policy means for your practice
November 15, 2019 -- The ADA recently expanded its policy on oral cancer detection to include oropharyngeal cancer, so now is an excellent time to look at how your patients are being examined in your practice for signs of oral cancer.  Discuss
John Lennon helps fight oral cancer, gives fans reasons to smile
November 15, 2019 -- Fans who would have done anything to get close John Lennon may finally have the chance. In the name of raising awareness about oral cancer, part of the tooth of the Beatles founder is going on tour of dental practices in the U.K., according to news reports.
Special Feature
5 misconceptions about oral and oropharyngeal cancer
Screening of every dental patient older than 18 for oral and oropharyngeal cancer is a must, writes Jo-Anne Jones, RDH. Taking the time to screen each patient can make an impact on oral cancer survival rates. However, dentists and oral healthcare professionals have a few common misconceptions about these cancers. Read more.
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