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Simple, Inexpensive Oral Rinse Test Seems To Detect Head And Neck Cancer

December 2, 2009: 11:28 PM EST
In preliminary research among patients with head and neck squamous cell cancer, U.S. scientists have come up with a simple, inexpensive early detection method for HNSCC. In controlled tests, the scientists had 180 patients with HNSCC rinse their mouths with a specially-developed saline solution. After they spit it out, antibodies that identify molecules involved in the transformation of normal cells into cancer cells were added to the rinse. After 48 hours, the molecules showed up in color if cancer was present in the saliva. According to the scientists, the molecule was significantly elevated in HNSCC patients.
"Mouthwash May Detect Cancer", KPTV, December 02, 2009, © KPTV.com
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