UofL Celebrates 20 Years of Oral Cancer Screening at the Kentucky State Fair
From L to R : Top Row – Dr. Norbert Burzynski, Dr. John Firriolo, Dr. Jill Butters, Connie Sorrell. Seated L to R: Dr. Ansley Depp and Dr. John Sauk
In partnership with the Kentucky Cancer Program, the UofL School of Dentistry celebrated 20 years of screening the community for oral cancer. UofL alumni and Kentucky Board of Dentistry Northern Kentucky representative, Dr. Ansley Depp spearheaded the initiative 20 years ago while a student in dental school.
“My first goal was to get the message out to the state of Kentucky and who better than to target the population at the state fair. Many of these people come from areas outside of Louisville where they may not have access to care or education of larger cities,” Depp said. “My second goal was to get the students involved and have them focus on something that was for the better good, and my third goal was to get UofL School of Dentistry involved.”
In Kentucky there are about 400 newly diagnosed cases of oral cancer each year – a statistic higher than the national average.
“It is a great opportunity to do something good for our community and work side-by-side with pathologists,” said Jake Masters, Class of 2013, Student Body President.
In conjunction with the state fair event, local television stations, WHAS-11 and WAVE-3 featured Dr. John Firriolo and Dr. John Sauk during live segments. They discussed the importance of oral cancer screenings.