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Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2009 Oct;30(8):486-8, 490-4, 496-8 passim; quiz 504, 520.

Oral cancer and precancer: improving outcomes.

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Division of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.

Abstract

The best way to help improve survival rates of oral cancers is early detection and treatment. Almost 80% of patients with these cancers would have a 5-year survival rate if their disease had been found early. Many factors, such as long-term exposure to certain carcinogens, may heighten the risk. It is paramount that a dental clinician be cognizant of the sometimes subtle and overlooked signs and performs appropriate follow-up care. This article discusses common presentations, clinical aids, treatment, and management, as well as provides a detailed clinical evaluation form. Testing techniques such as chemiluminescent examinations and use of the VELscope can help. Ultimately, the dental practitioner bears responsibility for improving survival rates.

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