The UK NSC recommendation on Oral Cancer screening in adults
Find general information about population health screening.
Why is screening not recommended by UK NSC?
- it is clear that oral cancer develops from growths in the mouth, most often in the form of visible white lesions. Although these growths are indicators, only 5% of them will become cancerous. It is not yet known how to tell the cancerous from the non-cancerous ones
- a reliable test has not been identified. There is no evidence to determine how well existing tests would perform in the general UK population
More about Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is cancer that develops inside the mouth, usually on the surface of the tongue, the lips or the gums. In rare cases, it can also develop in the salivary glands, or in the tonsils.
» Read more about cancer of the mouth on NHS Choices
» Read more about cancers of the head and neck on Cancerbackup
• Association of British Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
• The Ben Walton Trust
• The British Association for Cancer Research
• The British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry
• British Association of Surgical Oncology
• British Dental Association
• British Dental Health Foundation
• Cancer Research UK
• The Dental Professionals Association
• Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK)
• Faculty of Public Health
• Mouth Cancer Foundation
• Royal College of General Practitioners
• Royal College of Physicians
• Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
• Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
• Royal College of Radiologists
• Royal College of Surgeons
• Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
• Society and College of Radiographers
The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed.
If you think your organisation should be added, please
More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.
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