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IARC Screening Group – A digital manual for the early diagnosis of oral neoplasia

24/06/2008 –
24 JUNE 2008 — Oral cancer is an important public health problem worldwide, though more particularly in the developing countries of south and south-east Asia. India contributes one-third of the global burden of oral cancer where it is the number one cause of death from cancer among men.

Examination of the oral cavity should be an integral component of any thorough routine physical examination as it provides valuable insight into a person’s overall state of health. Unfortunately, however, it is often not the case and especially because cancers,
even pre-malignant lesions, in the mouth can be seen and identified by experienced examiners on visual inspection.

This atlas, which contains over 400 pictures, is one of a series of publications from the Screening Group of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in the domain of early detection and prevention cancer. It is intended for use by medical practitioners, nurses and health workers in the primary health care network, dentists, oncologists and other doctors. It is a useful tool to train nursing, medical and dental students and primary health workers. It can be used as an initial teaching tool, for progressive self-training and evaluation, as well as for quality assurance.

This publication is not intended to be either exhaustive or encyclopaedic. It focuses on facilitating early diagnosis of oral premalignant and early malignant lesions by familiarizing health care providers on the commonly encountered oral lesions and their differential clinical diagnosis. Special attention is drawn to pitfalls in clinical diagnosis and interpretation.

With this digital learning resource, we aim to contribute to improving coverage and standards of oral cancer screening and clinical early diagnosis, especially in less resourced countries, and to contribute to further improvements in health, particularly in the prevention, early detection and successful treatment of oral cancer.

Please feel free to visit our Digital Manual for the Early Diagnosis of Oral Neoplasia is available on http://screening.iarc.fr/atlasoral.php