A crown had come loose, so while we were in Crestline (drove home last night arriving here in Lake Havasu just before 11:00 pm) I visited my dentist and she and her assistant did their little cementing job and my “pearlies” are now fine. A few months ago, one of my neighbors was found to have oral cancer–it was our dentist who discovered the problem. I have heard of other conditions that dentists often diagnose, including diabetes.
It would have been neat, if Thursday as I sat in the dentist’s chair in Crestline, and Dr. Carlson was poking around in my mouth that she could have checked me for breast cancer.
“For breast cancer?” I’m hearing some of you protest.
Yes, breast cancer. A new study suggests that in the near future a simple saliva test may reveal the presence of cancer.
Breast cancer may one day be detected by dentists testing patients’ saliva.
According to research published in the journal Cancer Investigation, a U.S. team has found that women with breast cancer secrete particular proteins into the saliva that can be picked up by a test.
Researchers in Houston, Texas, analyzed samples from 30 patients and found 49 proteins that differentiated those who were healthy from those who had breast cancer tumous. The proteins could also distinguish between tumors that are benign and malignant.
Sounds great to me–much better than those cold clamping devices to which, once a year, we must subject ourselves. 😦
Have you had your annual checkup? If not, make an appointment…or call your dentist. 🙂
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