This could be expanded to the dental office since the studies indicate they could capture more folks at the dental office as well as having this available in the physician's office...BD
US scientists have found human saliva carries markers of breast cancer and have opened the door to the possibility that one day your doctor, or even your dentist, could do a simple saliva test for the disease. The discovery is reported in a paper published in the 10th January issue of the journal Cancer Investigation and was the work of researchers at the The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The paper describes how the appearance of breast cancer changes the mix of proteins secreted by the salivary glands. A person with breast cancer secretes a different profile of proteins compared to a person without, claim the researchers. Professor of diagnostic sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center Dental Branch, Dr Charles Streckfus, who is an expert on human saliva and molecular epidemiology, led the study. When addressing the question of who could administer a saliva test for cancer, he said: "Why not the dentist?"