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Survey Finds Dentists Underscreen For Cancer Among High-Risk Groups

November 23, 2019
by ADA News


Oral health care providers underscreen for oral and oropharyngeal cancer among high-risk groups, including current cigarette smokers, minorities and people of low socioeconomic status, according to a study published in the December issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

The authors of the cover story, titled “Patient-Reported Receipt of Oral Cancer Screenings and Smoking Cessation Counseling from U.S. Oral Health Care Providers: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2015 and 2016,” analyzed self-reported data from the 2015 and 2016 survey for participants who reported a dental visit and found 25.85% of U.S. adults age 30 years or older who had visited an oral health care professional were screened for oral and oropharyngeal cancer.

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