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Will Dentists Help Detect Breast Cancer--New Salivary Test

Posted Sep 29 2008 1:04am

   Within five years your dental checkup may be the first line of defense against breast cancer.  Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women in the United States.  In 2006, the American Cancer Society estimated that there would be 212,920 new cases  of invasive breast cancer and in that year, 40,970 women would die from it.  Many women’s lives could be saved if this cancer was diagnosed earlier. Early diagnosis could be  achieved if there were more and easier techniques for early detection.  We are monitoring the progress of this test.
   U.S. researchers have found a way to identify and quantify specific protein markers in human saliva to provide an early, non-invasive diagnosis of breast cancer.  A report from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, published in the journal Cancer Investigation, said the onset of breast cancer produces a change in the normal type and amount of proteins in glandular secretions from the salivary glands.
   Biochemists the University of Texas at Austin are using that information to develop a diagnostic test that dentists and other healthcare professionals can use to detect the presence of cancer  before a tumor.

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