Saliva Test To Detect Oral Cancer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/10/06

Saliva Test To Detect Oral Cancer

Diagnosing cancer could soon be as simple as spitting into a cup.

Scientists at UCLA's School of Dentistry say they've developed a test that uses saliva to detect oral cancer with an 82% accuracy rate.

Four tiny markers called "RNA" found in saliva are the key to spotting oral cancer, a disease which kills about 8,000 Americans every year, mainly because the majority of the cases are discovered too late.

The saliva test was revealed this week at the annual meeting of the American Association for Dental Research in Orlando.

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