New HPV Salivary Test to Detect Oral Cancer

One of our goals here at The Fight Oral Cancer Foundation is to stay informed on new research and developments as they relate to oral cancer.  Recently OralDNA Labs introduced a new test that will help dentists diagnose particular forms of oral cancer.

Shockingly, recent results have show that 50% of oral cancer cases are the resultant of HPV virus.  This is a huge percentage, which is a leading factor in OralDNA Labs’ interest in finding a better way to diagnose and detect HPV in at-risk patients. According to OralDNA Labs, at-risk includes:

  • Sexually active
  • Family history of oral cancer
  • Signs and symptoms of oral cancer
  • Traditional risk factors for oral cancer
  • Suspicious oral lesions

Chief Dental Officer, Thomas W. Nabors, DDC offers this information regarding the effectiveness of the detection tool:

“Oral HPV is a silent, serious infection that can now be detected adn closely monitored by the dental professional.  Specifically, the laboratory report derived from the OraRisk HPV salivary diagnostic test helps dental professionals identify the specific types(s) of HPV present, as well as the associated risk profile for each type of HPV variant detected in the patient’s oral cavity.”

Having these types of salivary test should be a part of every patient’s plan as together we all fight oral cancer.

“Together we fight oral cancer. Together we save a life every hour.

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