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The idiosyncratic relationship between diagnostic delay and stage of oral squamous cell carcinoma

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)396 - 403
Number of pages8
JournalORAL ONCOLOGY
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005

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Abstract

Approximately half of patients with oral cancer present with advanced lesions when five-year survival rates are as low as 20%, however, diagnostic delay has repeatedly been found to be unrelated to the stage of oral cancer at diagnosis. The aim of this study was to investigate why diagnostic delay is frequently unrelated to the stage of oral cancer at diagnosis. The odds ratio (OR) of early versus advanced oral squamous cell carcinoma was calculated for 245 consecutive patients with untreated oral squamous cell carcinoma. Being female (OR=0.40; 0.19-0.80; p

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