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Laskin, D., Swekcer, T. (2016). Oral cancer detection.

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, 14(08),


Oral cancer is a huge problem, as discussed in this article, the amount of oral cancer

that goes undetected is far too high. Part of the issue s the short amount of time or survival

rates another major issue is the lack of health care professionals especially in the dental

field who do not take the time to check for such lesions. Some risk factors and prevention

measures are discussed throughout the article, although many of the risk factors are

obvious such as: smoking, chewing tobacco, and alcohol consumption I was unaware that

having large amounts of fruits and vegetables could be a potential step in prevention.

Specific characteristics and distinct lesions are also mentioned in order to better educate

the public about oral cancer signs and symptoms. Examples of these include: ulcers,

inflammation, leukoplakia, and lichen planus.

This article was quite alarming to me not only for the extremely saddening

statistics at the beginning about the survival rates, but also because there are so many

people who are not seeking the correct dental care and not only could that affect their

teeth, but also their overall well-being. It’s hard to deny the facts presented in this article,

although I do question the amount of research that has gone into the statement about fruits

and vegetables intake and their effectiveness in reducing oral cancer. I question this

because, as they stated, stereotypically the people who smoke and drink are less likely to

commit to a nutritious diet. I think this article really showed the importance of our

Intra/Extra oral exam booklet and why it is stressed so much to clearly document lesions

with at least five different descriptions.