SNDA 5th Annual Oral Cancer Walk
VCU Student National Dental Association
APRIL IS ORAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!
VCU SNDA is hosting its 5th Annual Oral Cancer Walk to promote education and prevention of oral cancer. 40% of the proceeds collected from the walk will be donated to support research at VCU Phillips Institute in the field of oral cancer. Approximately 42,000 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2013. This includes those cancers that occur in the mouth itself, in the very back of the mouth known as the oropharynx, and on the exterior lip of the mouth. This is the fifth year in a row in which there has been an increase in the rate of occurrence of oral cancers, in 2007 there was a major jump of over 11% in that single year. There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer. One is through the use of tobacco and alcohol, a long term historic problem and cause, and the other is through exposure to the HPV-16 virus (human papilloma virus version 16), a newly identified etiology, and the same one which is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers in women. A small percentage of people (under 7 %) do get oral cancers from no currently identified cause.
VCU SNDA Oral Cancer Walk
Saturday, April 19th 2014 at 9am
Byrd Park, Richmond, VA, United States
@ Boat Lake