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ADA 2015: Dentists play crucial role in detecting oral cancer


Dentists play a crucial role in detecting oral cancer and saving lives, according to a presentation at the recent ADA 2015 annual meeting in Washington, D.C. There has been an alarming increase in oral cancer rates, presenters said, especially for HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer and among people without traditional risk factors, such as smoking and drinking. In fact, in 2013, three times as many people were diagnosed with the disease compared to cervical cancer, noted Herbert Bader, DDS, a lecturer in periodontology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. more

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