CAN THE DENTIST ANNOUNCE CANCER OF THE ORAL CAVITY ?

Cyril Madar, Norina Consuela Forna Philippe Pirnay

ABSTRACT
The way of delivering news about a cancer has gained increased importance in terms of respect for the patient and for their health. Among different types of cancers, the one related to the oral cavity shows a striking particularity: it is an organ that not only the patient, but everybody else can see. The preventive efforts carried out in France have allowed a significant reduction in the number of oral cavity cancers. However, no final battle has been won against this illness and therefore we need to continue developing new ways of informing patients that can address as many of them as possible and training seems to be of the essence in this field. The solution of a clear and adapted method is nowhere to be seen on the horizon, because each patient remains unique and each case has its own peculiarities. Nonetheless, the dentist’s increased awareness and a more adapted training will lead to this primordial objective.

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