PMID: 23931264Aug 13, 2013Paper

Head and neck skin cancer: dentists' responsibility in early detection

Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry
Paul CorcoranJean Urquhart

Abstract

While there are 35,000 diagnosed oral cancers per year and 7,500 deaths, there are 30 times this amount when it comes to cases of skin cancer, the majority of which are found on the head and neck. Because many patients see their dentist more frequently than their medical doctor, dentistry is in an advantageous position to reduce the mortality/morbidity of this most common malignancy. This article discusses various types of head and neck skin cancer and how dental practitioners can perform clinical examinations to provide early detection for patients.

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Cancer of Neck
Melanoma
Malignant Neoplasm of Skin
Sunlight
Screening for Cancer
Malignant Neoplasms

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