Factors delaying the diagnosis of oral and oropharyngeal carcinomas.

@article{Guggenheimer1989FactorsDT,
  title={Factors delaying the diagnosis of oral and oropharyngeal carcinomas.},
  author={James Guggenheimer and Robert S. Verbin and Jonas T. Johnson and C A Horkowitz and Eugene N. Myers},
  journal={Cancer},
  year={1989},
  volume={64 4},
  pages={932-5}
}
Most squamous cell carcinomas of the oral cavity and oropharynx are not diagnosed until they have attained at least the T2 stage (greater than 2.0 cm). This study identifies factors which may contribute to the delayed diagnosis of these tumors, despite the fact that they frequently arise at sites readily accessible to examination. Personal interviews of 149 patients with oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma revealed delays by patients of one day to more than one year (mean, 17 weeks… CONTINUE READING

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