New Oral Cancer Tests Can Save Lives

Oral cancer is the type of cancer that is the fastest growing, meaning that ti claims more and more victims each year. There has been a dramatic increase in the instances of oral cancer in the past two decades, and usually it is young adult males who get it, more than half of all new patients are adult males in their early thirties or late twenties. This disease is horrifying, and is extremely lethal, but there is hope! If diagnosed early, survival rates can be as high as 90%! 

The tumble effect

When oral cancer is still in the oral cavity and is still only developing, it will not metastasize, and removing it is relatively easy. The problem is that after a short period of time, the survival rate plummets to 50%! This is called the tumble effect, and this extremely scary drop in survival rates is due to the fact that the mouth is a place where there are a lot of blood vessels, and nutrients have to travel through the mouth to get anywhere, so the mouth is very well connected, meaning that a malignant tumor can spread to pretty much anywhere, and to many places all at once. This is why early diagnosis is so incredibly important, and finding out in time that you have oral cancer can mean the difference between life and death.

New hope

Researchers across the globe understand the importance of a good screening method, and how good methods translate into whether or not the patients live or die. This is why a new oral cancer test was developed, one that is incredibly reliable. The fact that the fight against oral cancer is a global concern is reflected by the fact that the method was developed in Tübbingen Germany and Dallas, Texas, with immense cooperation between the two research facilities. The result is a cancer detection system that uses the blood and saliva and the biomarkers that indicate cancer that are in the blood and saliva. This is good because it means that you don’t have to wait for a biopsy, which consumes precious time, and may taken even weeks before a sample reaches a facility which can perform the biopsies. 

Currently, there are no blood tests for oral cancer. The University of Tübbingen has just rectified this problem, and has developed one that uses the presence of macrophages, eater cells that come about to fight pathogens and carcinomas as a basis for the presence of oral cancer. Some work still needs to be done to get an accurate enough result, but the method and the results are particularly good. This means that there will be a blood and saliva based oral cancer test probably within this year! 

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