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New Promising Test To Diagnose Oral Cancer


New Promising Test To Diagnose Oral Cancer

(ePharmaNews) - 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.

The study will enroll 100-120 patients with white lesions or growths in their mouths and tonsil areas to test as part of the clinical trial.

Wenig and his team will be looking for certain biomarkers to confirm the presence of oral cancer. By creating a simple saliva test which could identify the biomarker's presence, physicians and dentists would know which patients need treatment and which ones could avoid needless and invasive biopsies.

Dr Barry Wenig explained why he was so interested in this test by saying:"Most white lesions are benign, so a majority of people who develop them are getting biopsies that are not needed. Conversely, a simple test would allow us to identify those patients with malignant lesions and get them into treatment quicker."

Oral cancer has a poor survival rate linked to late detection, Wenig said: Only 60 percent of patients live beyond five years after diagnosis. Among black males, the survival rate is less than 38 percent.

Jed Jacobson, chief science officer at Delta Dental and a licensed dentist says: "The results of this trial could be life changing for many people".

While Dr Barry Wenig concluded:"These tests are as noninvasive as it gets; patients simply need to spit into a cup," then he added: "The ease of the test will greatly expand our ability to effectively screen for the cancerous lesions.”

The test also has the potential to accelerate health care savings, since the number of biopsies can be dramatically reduced.


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Prepared by: Houssam Nahhas
Translated by: Marcell Shehwaro


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