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Ontario Dentists Playing Bigger Role in Oral Cancer Detection: U of T Study

May 8, 2019
by U of T News


After examining data gathered in a first-of-its-kind provincial study, University of Toronto clinician-scientist Marco Magalhaes has a vital message to convey: Dentists in Ontario are detecting more cases of oral cancer and pre-cancer than ever before – and it’s saving lives.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, looked at 63,483 biopsies submitted to the service between 2005 and 2015.

“We wanted to look at the scope of oral biopsies performed by dentists, what they’re seeing in practice,” says Magalhaes, who is an assistant professor at U of T’s Faculty of Dentistry and one of the oral pathologists at the Toronto Oral Pathology Service, or TOPS.

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