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TMCC students increase oral cancer awareness with special wellness fair



tmcc-300x101-7052247-4339295In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, TMCC’s dental hygiene, dental assisting and dietetic technician students will host an Oral Cancer Awareness and Wellness Fair.

Students will provide Northern Nevadans with free oral cancer information and screenings to help individuals identify risk factors, signs, symptoms and methods to reduce the risk of oral cancer. The event is on Thursday, April 26, from noon to 3 p.m. in the James V. Eardley Student Center at the Dandini Campus.

“The oral health programs at TMCC are committed to providing students with exceptional education that ultimately benefits our region,” said Julie Stage, dental hygiene professor at TMCC. “Oral cancer awareness is critical and, through this wellness fair, TMCC encourages the community to take the steps necessary to increase and maintain their oral health.”

With approximately 37,000 people in the U.S. diagnosed with oral cancer each year, early detection through preventive screenings is vital. Risk factors include tobacco and alcohol use, human papilloma virus (HPV) and age, to name a few. The oral cancer awareness event at TMCC will provide individuals with the education they need to identify and decrease risk factors.

TMCC’s dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and provides students with the highest quality of education so they are able to provide preventive and therapeutic dental care. Upon completion of the program, students are licensed to practice dental hygiene and provide dental health services to the public.

TMCC’s dental assisting program is the only program of its kind in northern Nevada and is also accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The program focuses on infection control, chair-side procedures, practice management, radiography and clinical science. After completing the program, students are qualified to take the Dental Assisting National Board exam to become a Certified Dental Assistant.

TMCC’s dietetic technician program aims to provide quality, affordable and accessible educational experience in the dietetic areas of food and nutrition services. Students learn all necessary skills to serve the nutritional needs of residents and employers.

For more information about TMCC’s dental hygiene, dental assisting or diet tech programs, visit www.tmcc.edu.

About TMCC
Truckee Meadows Community College is a comprehensive community college located in Reno and is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education. With five college sites and more than 20 community locations, TMCC serves over 20,000 students each year in state-supported programs and another 12,000 students in non-credit workforce development classes. For more information, please go to .

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