Framework for monitoring oral cancer developed

Each year, approximately 22,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer. The five-year survival rate of 40% in the U.S. is one of the lowest of the major cancers, and it has not improved in the past 40 years. “The major risk factors, tobacco and alcohol use, alone cannot explain the changes in incidence, because oral cancer also commonly occurs in patients without a history of tobacco or alcohol exposure,” remarked a team whose findings begin to develop a framework for exploiting the oral microbiome for monitoring oral cancer development, progression and recurrence.

Source: http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/health_medicine/dentistry/~3/cqNQp5HiEAg/140610152741.htm

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