Screening programmes for the early detection and prevention of oral cancer

Paul Brocklehurst (Lead / Corresponding author), Omar Kujan, Lucy A. O'Malley, Graham Ogden, Simon Shepherd, Anne-Marie Glenny

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    Oral cancer is an important global healthcare problem, its incidence is increasing and late-stage presentation is common. Screening programmes have been introduced for a number of major cancers and have proved effective in their early detection. Given the high morbidity and mortality rates associated with oral cancer, there is a need to determine the effectiveness of a screening programme for this disease, either as a targeted, opportunistic or population-based measure. Evidence exists from modelled data that a visual oral examination of high-risk individuals may be a cost-effective screening strategy and the development and use of adjunctive aids and biomarkers is becoming increasingly common.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberCD004150
    Pages (from-to)1-32
    Number of pages32
    JournalCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
    Early online date19 Nov 2013
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • Humans
    • Mass Screening
    • Mouth Neoplasms
    • Physical Examination
    • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic


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