Oral cancer. Practical prevention and early detection for the dental team

N Y State Dent J. Aug-Sep 2002;68(7):44-54.


Approximately 2,000 patients a year are diagnosed with oral cancer in New York State. In an effort to control this deadly disease, Governor George Pataki has taken a leadership role in the United States by mandating and funding training for dentists in the prevention and early detection of oral cancer. The purpose of this article is to highlight the epidemiology of oral cancer, to show how the dental profession can contribute to the health of the citizens of New York State, and to provide practical guidelines for both tobacco cessation intervention and utilization of existing technology for the early detection of oral cancer and precancerous conditions in the general dental practice setting.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects
  • Biopsy
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / diagnosis
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / prevention & control
  • Cytodiagnosis
  • Dentist-Patient Relations
  • Dentists*
  • Education, Dental
  • Erythroplasia / diagnosis
  • Erythroplasia / prevention & control
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Leukoplakia, Oral / diagnosis
  • Leukoplakia, Oral / prevention & control
  • Mass Screening*
  • Mouth Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Mouth Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • New York
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Precancerous Conditions / diagnosis
  • Precancerous Conditions / prevention & control
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Smoking Cessation / methods