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Medical News & Perspectives
May 8, 2013

Evidence Lacking for Benefit From Oral Cancer Screening

JAMA. 2013;309(18):1884. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.4913

Current evidence about the benefits and risks of screening for oral cancers in asymptomatic adults is insufficient to support such screening, states the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in a draft recommendation, reaffirming its previous stance (http://tinyurl.com/86anrq2).

In 2013, there will be an estimated 36 000 new cases and 6850 deaths from oral cancer, which includes cancers of the lip, oral cavity, and pharynx. Relative 5-year survival is 82.4% for localized disease and 33.2% for distant metastases. More than half of all persons with oral cancer have regional or distant metastases at the time of diagnosis.