Identifying oral cancer: What can I do from the dentist's chair?

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Despite the fact oral cancer is diagnosed in 30,000 Americans each year - and less than 60 percent of those diagnosed will survive - many people lack any real familiarity with the condition.

To combat these trends, Nelson Rhodus, D.M.D., M.P.H., from the Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota's School of Dentistry, wants to put a bright spotlight squarely on oral cancer's risk factors.

"Oral cancer is one of the most curable diseases when caught early, but most people don't know the warning signs," said Rhodus. "When early-stage oral cancer is found, treatment is simple, less invasive and more than 90 percent successful. The problem is most people don't know what to ask their dentist."

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