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New oral cancer test provides dental health hope
Updated: 10/3/2008 10:00:42 AM

New oral cancer test provides dental health hope A dental health breakthrough may provide the basis for an easy and accurate oral cancer test, researchers claim.

Scientists published a map in March that identified more than 1,000 unique proteins that are present in human saliva glands.

Now, a team at UCLA's School of Dentistry has analyzed 64 saliva samples from patients who have a common form of oral cancer.

They determined that there are five protein biomarkers which can accurately predict oral cancer 93 percent of the time.

"We have demonstrated a new approach for cancer biomarker discovery using saliva proteomics," commented Dr Shen Hu, who led the research.

Earlier research at Johns Hopkins University suggested that scientists are close to finalizing a saliva test that could be used to look for mouth and throat cancer in high-risk patients.

The American Dental Association recommends that regular dental checkups are "essential" to help detect oral cancer and dental health problems.

During a checkup, a dentist will examine a patient's mouth to check for symptoms such as red spots or small sores.

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