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SNDA logoThe Student National Dental Association is hosting a 5K walk/run to promote oral cancer awareness. The Oral Cancer Run/Walk will be held Saturday, April 26, at Fair Park in Dallas.

“Since dentists are the primary health care providers who detect oral cancer, it is vital that the general population hear from the dental school about what the risk factors are and the importance of screenings,” says Saosat Olatunbosun, SNDA fundraising chair.

Race-day registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the walk will start at 2 p.m. Free oral cancer screenings will be performed from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the African American Museum, located in the Fair Park complex at the Grand Avenue entrance in the main axis of the park.

The registration fee is $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the race. The proceeds will benefit the National Cancer Center Foundation and also help subsidize biopsies performed at the college for patients who qualify for financial assistance.

“This is a great opportunity for dental students to obtain RV's and get community service,” says Olatunbosun. “Faculty and staff can volunteer, as well as students, with screenings or participating in the run/walk.”