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Mouth cancer: presentation, detection and referral in primary dental care

Lewis, Michael A. O. 2018. Mouth cancer: presentation, detection and referral in primary dental care. British Dental Journal 225 (9) , p. 833. 10.1038/sj.bdj.2018.931

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Abstract

Mouth cancer can present as a variety of abnormalities and visible changes affecting the oral mucosa, including ulceration, swelling and areas of erythema. The five-year survival from mouth cancer is poor at approximately 50%. Detection of the cancer while less than 2 cm in diameter with no metastasis greatly improves the outcome for the patient. Although many cancers in the mouth develop from what was previously an apparently normal mucosa, some arise in pre-existing conditions that are therefore regarded as potentially malignant. Regular assessment of the soft tissues within the mouth and the neck for the presence of abnormalities is an essential component of primary dental care. Any persistent and unexplained abnormality requires referral for definitive diagnosis and specialist management.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 0007-0610
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 4 October 2018
Last Modified: 09 May 2019 01:52
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/117181

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