University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry to Provide Free Oral Cancer Screenings in San Francisco

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Screenings on October 20 and 21 part of school’s participation in Oral Cancer Foundation’s “Campaign to Make Oral Cancer History.”

The University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry invites Bay Area residents to receive free oral cancer screenings this October on the dental school's campus in San Francisco.

The free screenings are being offered by the Dugoni School of Dentistry as part of the school’s participation in the Oral Cancer Foundation’s “Campaign to Make Oral Cancer History.” Screenings will be offered from 9:00 am to noon and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm October 20 and 21 at 2155 Webster Street in San Francisco. No appointments are necessary, but oral cancer screenings will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Oral cancer screenings include a visual and tactile examination by a dental expert. They are completely painless and are non-invasive. An oral cancer screening typically takes less than 10 minutes.

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation web site, approximately 37,000 people in the US are newly diagnosed with oral cancer each year, and one person dies of the disease every hour. The web site also notes that historically the death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high, not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer often being discovered late in its development.

“By offering free oral cancer screenings, the Dugoni School of Dentistry hopes to emphasize the importance of routinely checking for oral cancer as early diagnosis is a critical first step in treating the disease,” said Dr. Nasser Said-Al-Naief, associate professor in the Pathology and Medicine Department and director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Laboratory. “Sharing information about oral cancer with patients also helps educate them on the disease, risk factors and possible symptoms to take note of.”

This is the second time the Dugoni School of Dentistry has offered free oral cancer screenings in 2011. Offering dental screenings such as these is part of the school’s commitment to emphasizing preventative care.

For those interested in learning more about the free oral cancer screenings, please visit: http://dental.pacific.edu/x3795.xml; call Dr. Said at 415-929-6696 or call 415-351-7129 to speak to Dr. Darren Cox, associate professor of dental practice, Division of Pathology and Medicine and the event’s co-organizer.

For maps and directions to the dental school, visit: http://dental.pacific.edu/x517.xml.

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s premier dental schools and has served the Bay Area community for 115 years. The Dugoni School of Dentistry is committed to excellence in student-centered education, patient care and research. The school’s clinics, located in San Francisco, Union City and Stockton, offer quality, affordable dental services to children and adults throughout Northern California. For more information, visit http://dental.pacific.edu.

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