Anthony P. Urbanek D.D.S. M.D. Board Certified
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Brentwood, Franklin, Nashville TN
(615) 771-1983

Oral Cancer and Brush Biopsy

Detection of oral cancer in the early asymptomatic stage dramatically improves cure rates and patient’s quality of life by minimizing extensive, debilitating treatments. The five year survival rate for patients with early, localized disease approximates 80 percent; for those with distant metastases, it is 19 percent.

Unfortunately, more than 50 percent of patients with oral cancer display evidence of spread to regional lymph nodes and metastases at time of diagnoses, and approximately two-thirds of patients have apparent symptoms, a negative prognostic indicator

Although screening has been emphasized as a method of reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with oral cancers, the visual detection of oral cancer at an early stage is significantly hindered by the dificulty in clinically differentiating premalignant and malignant lesions from similar looking bening lessions.

Early- stage oral cancer is asymptomatic. Furthermore, they often may appear innocuous, since the classic clinical characteristics associated with advanced oral cancers including ulceration, elevation, bleeding and cervical adenopathy usually are absent in early stage lesions.


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