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Mouth cancer or oral cancer occurs when there is an abnormal proliferation of tumor or cancer cells over the tongue, mouth, lips or gums and less commonly over tonsils, back of the throat (pharynx) and salivary glands.
Researchers find way to diagnose aggressiveness of oral cancer

Researchers find way to diagnose aggressiveness of oral cancer

Studying mouth cancer in mice, researchers have found a way to predict the aggressiveness of similar tumors in people, an early step toward a diagnostic test that could guide treatment, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. [More]
People urged to undergo oral cancer screenings as part of Oral Cancer Awareness Month

People urged to undergo oral cancer screenings as part of Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral and oropharyngeal cancer (cancer of the mouth and upper throat) collectively kill nearly one person every hour of every day of the year. [More]
Lifestyle changes and screening tools prove to reduce cancer risk, says doctor

Lifestyle changes and screening tools prove to reduce cancer risk, says doctor

President Nixon funded research to wage a war on cancer, a long battle that we're still fighting today. While the last 40 years haven't brought us a cure, we have made some meaningful progress in developing tools and knowledge to take a bite out of our cancer risk. [More]
Unique DNA markings on certain genes may 'predict' risk of developing head and neck cancer

Unique DNA markings on certain genes may 'predict' risk of developing head and neck cancer

Unique DNA markings on certain genes may "predict" the risk of developing head and neck cancer, according to new research led by Queen Mary University of London. [More]
Dental associations urge regular oral cancer examinations for early detection

Dental associations urge regular oral cancer examinations for early detection

Almost 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or throat cancer this year. The 5-year survival rate of those diagnosed is only slightly more than 64%. When cancer is detected and treated early, treatment-related health problems are reduced. [More]
Disinfectant mouthwashes may be effective against cancers of the mouth and throat

Disinfectant mouthwashes may be effective against cancers of the mouth and throat

Patients who suffer from gingivitis are often advised to use disinfectant mouthwashes. In the future, the active ingredients in these products could be used in a completely different area: As scientists have reported in the journal Angewandte Chemie, Chlorhexidin and Alexidin increase programmed cell death and may be effective against cancers of the mouth and throat. [More]
Oral Cancer Foundation encourages dental practices to offer free oral cancer screenings in April

Oral Cancer Foundation encourages dental practices to offer free oral cancer screenings in April

What has the greatest impact on survival rates of oral cancer? Radiation? Chemotherapy? Perhaps surgery? The truth is none of these; rather, it is the point in time at which the disease is discovered. [More]
Tissue test detects oral cancer risk

Tissue test detects oral cancer risk

A molecular diagnostic scoring system based on patients’ FOXM1-associated gene messenger RNA expression levels is able to quantitatively diagnose and stratify oral carcinoma and its aggressiveness, show UK and Norwegian study results. [More]
New gene test can detect pre-cancerous cells in patients with mouth lesions

New gene test can detect pre-cancerous cells in patients with mouth lesions

Researchers from Queen Mary, University of London have developed a new gene test that can detect pre-cancerous cells in patients with benign-looking mouth lesions. The test could potentially allow at-risk patients to receive earlier treatment, significantly improving their chance of survival. [More]
Salivary IL-6 could predict recurrence after surgery in mouth cancer patients

Salivary IL-6 could predict recurrence after surgery in mouth cancer patients

Salivary levels of the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 could be a useful predictor for locoregional recurrence in oral squamous cell carcinoma patients who are treated surgically, report researchers. [More]
Scientists report discovery of strong oral cavity carcinogen in smokeless tobacco

Scientists report discovery of strong oral cavity carcinogen in smokeless tobacco

Scientists today reported identification of the first substance in smokeless tobacco that is a strong oral carcinogen ― a health risk for the 9 million users of chewing tobacco, snuff and related products in the U.S. ― and called upon the federal government to regulate or ban the substance. [More]
Screening tool could help oral cancer detection

Screening tool could help oral cancer detection

Indian researchers report the development of a novel, simple screening tool with a high degree of accuracy for the detection of oral premalignancies that can be used in a general health setting without the need for much training or clinical experience. [More]
High-risk HPV may increase chances of second malignancy in oral cancer

High-risk HPV may increase chances of second malignancy in oral cancer

The proportion of oral squamous cell carcinoma patients infected with the human papillomavirus could be around a third, with high-risk versions of the virus accounting for almost three-quarters of those affected, indicate Taiwanese study results. [More]
UCLA School of Dentistry receives NIH grant to create comprehensive research training program

UCLA School of Dentistry receives NIH grant to create comprehensive research training program

In recent years, faculty at the UCLA School of Dentistry have been expanding the traditional boundaries of dentistry through groundbreaking multidisciplinary research that has led to major advances in everything from stem cell science to saliva diagnostics. Now, a $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research will allow the school to continue these pioneering efforts by creating a comprehensive research training program to help cultivate the next generation of dentist-scientists and oral health researchers. [More]
Cancer survivors benefit from healthy lifestyle

Cancer survivors benefit from healthy lifestyle

Australia’s first community-based Cancer Survivors Centre, which is based at the University of New South Wales, has joined the Dry July campaign in a bid to pinpoint the vital role a healthy lifestyle plays in fending off cancer and the after-effects of the disease. [More]
Strand, Trovagene enter MOU to license and validate HPV assay technology

Strand, Trovagene enter MOU to license and validate HPV assay technology

Trovagene, Inc., a developer of trans-renal molecular diagnostics, and Strand Life Sciences Pvt Ltd., of Bangalore, India, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to license and validate Trovagene's proprietary Human Papillomavirus (HPV) urine test and High Risk HPV DNA Assay for clinical diagnostic and carrier screening use in India and countries in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. [More]
ENTA announces availability of first non-invasive oral cancer prevention test

ENTA announces availability of first non-invasive oral cancer prevention test

Oral cancer is one of the few cancers still on the rise, claiming the lives of as many Americans as melanoma and has shown a recent increase in young, non-smokers. The important news is that oral cancer can now be prevented. [More]
Betel quid popularity in Chinese prompts health warning

Betel quid popularity in Chinese prompts health warning

The use of betel quid, a mixture of betel leaf, areca nut, and slaked lime, is used by one in six adults in mainland China, a survey has found. [More]
NCI-funded research to customize treatment for oral cancer patients

NCI-funded research to customize treatment for oral cancer patients

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded a two-year grant to Dr. Brian L. Schmidt, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the NYU College of Dentistry, and Dr. Donna G. Albertson, professor at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. The grant will fund groundbreaking research to customize treatment for oral cancer patients. [More]
Pig mucus effective at blocking viruses associated with cervical and oral cancer

Pig mucus effective at blocking viruses associated with cervical and oral cancer

Scientists are reporting that the mucus lining the stomachs of pigs could be a long-sought, abundant source of "mucins" being considered for use as broad-spectrum anti-viral agents to supplement baby formula and for use in personal hygiene and other consumer products to protect against a range of viral infections. Their study appears in ACS' journal Biomacromolecules. [More]