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Patients seeing their dentist in November can do safe, simple oral swab to become potential donor

Michigan patients visiting their dentist’s office in November can become part of the international bone marrow registry – and possibly help save a life — by submitting a self-administered oral swab before they leave.

The drive is part of the second “Take a Bite Out of Cancer” campaign, co-sponsored by the Michigan Dental Association and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Michigan, to expand the registry of potential bone marrow donors. Last year more than 2,500 swabs were submitted and of those, five matches were made.

News Facts

  • Patients visiting their participating Michigan Dental Association member dentist in November can become part of the international bone marrow registry — and possibly help save a life – by submitting a self-administered oral swab.
  • The drive is part of the second “Take a Bite Out of Cancer” campaign, co-sponsored by the Michigan Dental Association and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Michigan, to expand the registry of potential bone marrow donors.
  • Last year more than 2,500 swabs were submitted and of those, five matches were made.
  • More than 5,100 cancer patients in Michigan — and more than 1 million nationwide are waiting for a bone marrow transplant.
  • The MDA and partners hosted a press conference last week at the Michigan Capital Rotunda to officially launch the campaign.
  • Two of the state’s leading health advocates– Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, chair of the Senate Health Policy Committee, and Rep. Gail Haines, R-Waterford, chair of the House Health Policy Committee — were among the first to administer the oral swab, showing the crowd just how simple and easy the process is.
  • The event was in honor of nine year old Sydney Blazer, of Commerce Township, who has had to battle cancer twice in her young life; Doctors say Blazer’s best bet is to receive a bone marrow transplant.
  • Participating dental offices will provide the kits, encourage patients to do their own swab and deposit them into a tube right at the dental office. Each week the tubes will be mailed to a lab where they will be tested and entered into the international bone marrow donor registry.
  • Ask your dentist if they are participating in the “Take a Bite Out of Cancer” campaign.

Quotations

  • “This campaign is near and dear to my heart, having experienced the loss of my father-in-law due to Leukemia, and I am proud to represent the dental profession in our quest to help save a life.” — Steve Conlon DDS, Grand Rapids
  • “Virtually every dentist and every dental patient in the state can help make sure we exceed what we accomplished last year.” — Marty Makowski DDS, MDA President-Elect, Clinton Township
  • “Michigan dentists and their patients have the chance to offer hope to thousands of Michigan residents, and we are very grateful for their partnership.” — Norb Promo, Deputy Executive Director, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Michigan
  • Multimedia:

  • Photo: Sen. Gail Haines Gets Swabbed
  • Photo: Students Get Swabbed
  • Photo: Conference speakers
  • Video (2 min. 15 sec.): Take a Bite Out of Cancer Promo Video
  • Video (39 sec.): WILX-TV – Press conference footage
  • Related Links:

  • Lansing State Journal Coverage
  • The Michigan Dental Association
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Michigan
  • For more Information or to be connected with a dentist spokesperson in your area, please contact:


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