Saliva testing could detect oral cavity cancer earlier
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Testing for oral cavity cancer may get a lot easier soon.
The University of Washington says it’s a condition that is often hard to diagnose and can be a very painful experience for patients.
“The way it’s diagnosed is typically with a biopsy, and that biopsy can be painful,” said Dr. Brittany Barber, a head and neck surgeon at UW Medicine. “Other diagnostic techniques would be very useful and a lot more comfortable for the patient.”
Two companies developed swab-testing diagnostic meant to identify oral and throat cancer biomarkers.
Neither has won full U.S. approval, but one earned the FDA’s breakthrough device designation that is sold by the manufacturer.
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