According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year, with more than 8000 losing their battle with the disease. The 5-year survival rate for oral cancer sits at 50%. The CDC also notes that methods to treat oral cancer are ?disfiguring and costly.?
Armed with that information and the fact that April was oral cancer awareness month, New York University Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing took to the streets for New York City?s 9th Annual Oral Cancer Walk, which was specifically targeting oral and pharyngeal cancer treatment and research. Oral cancer survivors joined the students and faculty of the college and raised $61,000 for the Oral Cancer Foundation.
?We are pleased to announce that we exceeded our $60,000 goal,? said Jacqueline F. Green, NYC Oral Cancer Walk 2014 Co-chair and NYU College of Dentistry DDS Candidate, 2014, in a press release about the event.
Joining the walkers was the 'Smiling Faces, Going Places' dental van, which provided free oral cancer screenings during the event.