Late stage diagnosis of oral cancer: components and possible solutions

Oral Oncol. 2014 Dec;50(12):1131-6. doi: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2014.09.005. Epub 2014 Sep 23.


Stage of disease at the diagnosis of oral cancer is thought to be a significant factor in prognosis and outcome (International Agency for Research on Cancer/World Health Organization, 2014). Unfortunately, we continue to diagnose almost 2/3 of these cancers at advanced stages of disease despite the ongoing research for devices/methods to aid the clinicians in detection and accurate oral mucosal lesion diagnosis. This paper explores both the nature of oral cancer and the adjuncts available for detection, and presents the current issues in diagnostic delays of oral cancer detection.

Keywords: Consultation and referral; Delayed diagnosis; Early detection of cancer; Oral cancer.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Delayed Diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Mouth Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Prognosis
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Time Factors