Global Health Nexus, Winter 2002

Third Regional Oral Cancer Awareness Campaign

On November 15, the Oral Cancer Consortium conducted its third annual free oral cancer screening at 29 sites throughout New York and New Jersey. In addition to NYU Dentistry, the founding members include the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, the SUNY/Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, the UMDNJ New Jersey Dental School, and the Office of Oral Health, Programs, and Policy for New York City, part of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. For the third consecutive year ABC 7 ran a vigorous campaign of public service announcements.

More than 1,500 patients were screened for oral cancer and more than 130 brush biopsies were performed. NYU Dentistry alone screened nearly 300 patients and performed 20 brush biopsies.

“What started as a local and regional effort with five founding partners now includes nearly 30 metropolitan-area health-care institutions and professional societies in the New York-New Jersey area and has helped to spur a national campaign sponsored by the ADA that is visible on billboards and in subways in New York City today,” said Dean Alfano. “The Oral Cancer Consortium has made a major impact on oral cancer diagnosis which should eventually result in countless lives being saved.”