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Oral Cancer Foundation Donates Screening Devices to West Virginia Free Clinics
Date:2/23/2010

ctor Sister Mary Rebecca Fidler, Ph. D., RSM. "If patients have cancer or any other serious condition, they will want to know about it at the earliest possible time, when survival rates are the highest, and treatment related morbidity the lowest," she said.  She added, "Up until now, we've discovered oral lesions on several patients merely by having our clinicians examine them using a visual and tactile conventional screening.  Now, with this technology, we look forward to doing not only a better job of detecting early stage oral cancer, but even pre-cancerous tissues changes."

In the words of the Oral Cancer Foundation's Hill, "The key to reducing the death rate of oral cancer is earlier detection, and the key to that is for all adults to receive opportunistic oral cancer examinations at least once a year."  Mr. Hill pointed out that tobacco users, heavy alcohol users, and those with a prior history of cancer should be examined more frequently Even people who do not share those traits should be examined annually in light of the mounting evidence of a link between oral cancer and the sexually-transmitted human papilloma virus.

Peter Whitehead, founder and chief executive officer of VELscope manufacturer LED Dental, said, "When we started our company, our goal was to help achieve a significant reduction in the incidence of oral cancer, by elucidating pre-malignant tissue abnormalities.  Unfortunately, many times the people who are most at risk for the disease are also th
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