On March 19, the International and American Associations for Dental Research released the results of a study indicating that a Saliva Liquid Biopsy could detect signs of lung cancer as effectively as a lung biopsy. In recognition of April as Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics would like to share these results.
In the study, both saliva and plasma samples were reviewed in a double blind study to determine if markers for non small cell carcinoma patients could be detected. Researchers were looking for active Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor mutations in the patients’ genotypes. Results confirmed that the genetic mutation causing the cancer could be detected.
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, 1 person dies from oral cancer every 24 hours. While it may be some time before saliva biopsies are standardized and approved by the FDA, it is important that patients have their dentist and/or general practitioner examine their mouth regularly for signs of oral cancer.
Examination for oral, head and neck cancers takes less than five minutes, and primarily consists of examination and palpation. Early detection can mean the difference between a curable prognosis and increased likelihood of mortality. Call our offices to schedule a screening today. You can reach our Spokane office at 509-368-7788 or our Spokane Valley office at 509-228-3998.