How saliva could detect oral cancer before symptoms arrive


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“Investigators with Baylor Scott & White Research Institute and the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Baylor College of Dentistry have jointly launched a new study to determine whether some metabolites in saliva can be used to detect oral cancer in early stages. Funded by a $200,000 Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) grant, the three-year pilot could lead to new ways to spot the hard-to-diagnose disease that presents few symptoms.”

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By comparing healthy volunteers and those with oral inflammatory diseases with those diagnosed with oral cancer, researchers can assess biomarker levels in the latter group. If variances are found, physicians could someday use them for screening and even targeted treatment—finding and fighting cancer before symptoms develop and long before the tumor might be caught in a routine dental exam.