Improving the prognosis of oral squamous cell carcinoma in 2013 – British Dental Journal, 8 November 2013

Professor Iain Hutchison’s editorial for the British Dental Journal to coincide with Mouth Cancer Action Month.

“As we find ourselves once again in Mouth Cancer Action Month it is salient to recall a BMJ editorial in 1994 which concluded that national campaigns and comprehensive teaching of medical and dental undergraduates would be necessary to immediately improve the prognosis of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). It was a plea for the education of patients so that they recognised that their symptoms might possibly be caused by cancer in the hope that they would then see their primary care practitioner (PCP) straight away; and for practitioners to recognise the cardinal signs of OSCC and refer early to the correct surgeon in their vicinity.”

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