N.J. Oral Cancer Screening And Walkathon Event Planned

RAHWAY – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway will be host to the N.J. Oral Cancer Screening and Walkathon scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 16, at Rahway River Park, St. Georges Avenue in Rahway.

There will be free oral cancer screenings, educational forums, and a 5K walkathon raising funds for the N.J. Oral Cancer Project, which is a non-profit organization providing free oral cancer screenings, biopies, pathology reports and treatment to those in need of assistance. The screenings, open to everybody who attends, will be provided by the dentists on staff at RWJUH at Rahway, as well as other volunteers from the County Cancer Coalitions.  For each person participating in the walkathon,  a $15 tax deductible donation would be appreciated.


The National Institute of Health statistics show that each year in America, over 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed; it is the sixth most common cancer in the world.  Unfortunately, 12,000 Americans will die this year from oral cancer resulting from just a 60% survival rate over the first 5 years after diagnosis. That is why it is critical to detect this cancer early in its development.

This type of cancer is very difficult to self detect, so therefore, regular six month dental checkups are recommended, that includes a cancer screening by a dentist.  The dentist, utilizing a mouth mirror, gauze, magnification and a halogen light will have the advantage of properly detecting and diagnosing a person’s oral lesion.

Dr. Richard Olin, chairman of the dental division at RWJUH at Rahway, said that his hospital dental staff is hoping for a good amount of community support in their efforts to help in this public health initiative.  People from all over New Jersey, including individuals, families and groups, are welcome to come for all of the activities.

For further information, visit www.oralcancernj.org where a link will bring you to the upcoming event.

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