Oral Cancer & Diagnostics
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.
Oral cancer diagnoses in the U.K. increased 50% in 10 years
November 6, 2019 -- Approximately 8,300 people in the U.K. are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. That number is about 50% higher than it was a decade ago, according to U.K. officials. Thus, the Oral Health Foundation is stressing the need for greater awareness of oral cancer and its signs and symptoms for this year's Mouth Cancer Action Month.  Discuss
NJ man awarded $2M for jaw tumor undetected by dentist
November 5, 2019 -- A jury in New Jersey has awarded $2.1 million to a man whose face was disfigured after his longtime dentist failed to promptly detect a cancerous tumor in his jaw, according to a news report in the New Jersey Law Journal.  Discuss
More insured patients with head and neck cancer after ACA
November 5, 2019 -- The number of insured patients with head and neck cancer rose after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a study published on October 31. The gains were the greatest for more vulnerable populations.  Discuss
Oral HPV rate tops 6% in female teens
October 29, 2019 -- The prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) in the oral cavity was 6.2% among sexually active female adolescents in New York City, with a significant decrease in HPV prevalence among those who previously received the HPV vaccine, according to a study published online October 25 in JAMA Network Open.
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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