Scientists funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health, have reported taking a major step forward in using saliva to detect oral cancer. As published in the current issue of Clinical Cancer Research, the scientists found they could measure for elevated levels of four distinct cancer-associated molecules in saliva and distinguish with 91 percent accuracy between healthy people and those diagnosed with oral squamous cell carcinoma.
The University of Colorado School of Dentistry was recently named the recipient of a three-year, $2 million grant to treat the teeth of Colorado’s underserved children. The grant, which creates a statewide program that will be known as Colorado SmileMakers, was made possible due to support from both the offices of Gov. Bill Owens and Lt. Gov. Jane Norton and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance.