Did you know that 36,540 new cases of oral cancer were diagnosed in 2010? Did you know that approximately 7,880 people died from oral cancer in 2010? Do you know that African American men have the greatest risk of developing oral cancer? More than any other ethnic group within the United States population (about 17:100,000). The most effective treatment of oral cancer is early detection and when diagnosed at an early stage of development, oral cancer has an 80 to 90 % survival rate. With numerous oral cancer walks being held this spring, it is our intention to promote a greater awareness and understanding about oral cancer and its relationship to overall systemic health.
The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (SDM) is excited to be sponsoring, along with the Oral Cancer Foundation, Philadelphia’s 3rd Annual Oral Cancer Walk on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the SDM campus (240 South 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104).
Eva Grayzel, Co-Founder of Six-Step Screening, will be one of our guest speakers. When she was diagnosed with late stage oral cancer at age 33, she was given a 15% survival rate. A survivor and completely cured stage IV patient, she is now a strong proponent of early detection and will share her personal experience and how she helping raise awareness for oral cancer. We will also be hosting Mr. Robert Unruh, another oral cancer survivor who recently moved to Philadelphia.
All are welcome to attend the event. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. There will be FREE head and neck screenings throughout the event. Please visit this link to register. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
-2011 Oral Cancer Walk Executive Board, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine