Author Archive of Abohnert

Joan Levy Bisesi Foundation Launches Innovative ‘Preceptor’ App

After more than a year of hard work and development, all of us here at the Joan Levy Bisesi Foundation are both proud and very excited to announce the launch of our new mobile application, ‘Preceptor.’  What is ‘Preceptor’ you might ask? ‘Preceptor’ is an innovative app that connects members of our  Dental  Partnership with cancer experts at the Ohio State University  James  Cancer Hospital, making it easier than ever to pre-screen

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Dentists: On the Front Line of Defense Against Oral Cancer

When it comes to oral cancer, the role that dentists and dental hygienists play in early detection is absolutely paramount. If you’ve been following the work of Joan’s Foundation, you’ve probably heard us say once or twice that dentists are on the front line of defense against this life-threatening disease. This is a fact that we cannot stress enough. But why is that? And why is it so important to raise public awareness about oral cancer? Our

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8 Ways to Prevent Oral, Head and Neck Cancer

As we often say here at Joan's Foundation, when it comes to oral, head and neck cancer, prevention is KEY. This may seem like common sense, but many people simply don't know the risk factors that contribute to this life-threatening disease. Here are 8 ways to prevent oral, head and neck cancer: 1. Kick the the tobacco habit. Smoking cigarettes, cigars, or pipes; chewing tobacco; and using snuff are the largest risk factors for head and neck cancer.

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3rd Annual Columbus Donut Run- 5k Family Fun Run/Walk

Do you love donuts but hate the guilt you feel after eating them? Then the 3rd Annual Columbus Donut Run is for you!! The Donut Run is a family friendly, 5k running and walking event where participants can enjoy donuts from all their favorite local and national bakeries, all while supporting a great cause by helping Joan's Foundation put an end to head and neck cancer. What could feel better than that?!   When: Sunday, October 30th, 2016 Registration

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Cancer survival: Where you are treated matters

According to a new study from researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, when it comes to survival, where you are treated really does make a difference. The study looked at older patients with advanced head and neck cancers and found that patients who were treated in hospitals that dealt more frequently with head and neck cancer cases were 15% less likely to die of the disease. The study also found that patients treated at a National

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HPV-related head and neck cancers continue to rise, experts warn of epidemic

As researchers continue to study the link between sexually-transmitted human papilloma virus infections and head and neck cancers, more and more experts are warning of a potential epidemic. According to a report released earlier this month with data from the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries the human papilloma virus,

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Meet our new Board Member, Josh Riley

We are pleased to announce our newest executive board member and treasurer, Josh Riley. Josh came to us from U.S. Bank and their recent sponsorship of the Foundation, bringing a lot of enthusiasm for our cause and many valuable ties to the dental community. U.S. Bank is one of largest dental practice solution providers in the country. Partnering with dentists in all of the 25 states they service, U.S. Bank is able to help finance, grow and improve

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New sponsor donates latest VELscope to James Cancer Hospital

In a great show of support and generosity, one of our newest sponsors, LED Dental, has donated the latest model of their innovative oral cancer screening tool, the VELscope Vx, to the OSU James Comprehensive Cancer Center. The VELscope is an adjunctive mucosal visualization tool; essentially, a special fluorescent light used to examine the soft tissue in the mouth for signs of oral abnormalities and dysplasia. The light from the scope makes the

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Cutting-edge Test Detects Cancer Cells in Saliva

In 2008, Pennsylvania doctors, Neil Gottehrer, DDS, and David T.W. Wong, DMD, DMSc, began collaborating on a project to develop a cutting-edge test that would analyze molecular biomarkers in saliva to detect oral cancer.  Using Gottehrer's 38 years of experience as a dentist and  Wong's pioneering research in salivary diagnostics, the two have successfully changed the way doctors, dentists and hygienists screen for oral cancer. In an interview

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