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A Journal on Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery
GIORNATE AQUILANE DI ODONTOSTOMATOLOGIA - L'Aquila, May 3, 2002
Minerva Stomatologica 2003 January-February;52(1-2):35-40
Ripari M., Giannoni M.
Oral cancer (OC) is a rather frequent pathology representing about 30% of head and neck malignant neoplasms. After many years the incidence of the pathology shows constant values; the male:female ratio is continuously decreasing and at present, it is about of 2:1. The delay in diagnosis is the main cause of unsuccessful treatment and of the high values of poor outcome. OC shows three clinical aspects: exophytic, ulcerative and infiltrative; lips and margins of tongue are the most interested sites. For the diagnosis a correct clinical examination and a biopsy, possibly made with incisional criteria are necessary.