Early Diagnosis of Oral Cancer

  • Andrei Barasch
  • Joel B. EpsteinEmail author
Part of the Textbooks in Contemporary Dentistry book series (TECD)


The subject of detection and diagnosis timing for oral cancer has not been adequately studied and no robust conclusions can be reached with the current evidence. A majority of oral cancers are diagnosed in advanced stages (3 and 4) and have relatively poor prognosis. The reasons for this are not always clear but appear to be associated with low education levels about the disease in both populations at risk and primary care practitioners. Sets of heterogeneous data indicate that early diagnosis followed by swift implementation of therapy has superior outcomes and lower morbidity. Improved educational models may benefit future patients as well as the society at large.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dental Clinics and Residency ProgramCambridge Health AllianceCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Cedars-Sinai Health SystemLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.City of Hope National Medical CenterDuarteUSA

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