Fast-track referrals for oral lesions: a prospective study.

  title={Fast-track referrals for oral lesions: a prospective study.},
  author={Hemendranath V Shah and Rhodri W Williams and Gordon H Irvine},
  journal={The British journal of oral & maxillofacial surgery},
  volume={44 3},
Since the introduction of the 14-day rule for referrals for cancer in 1999 there has been some suspicion that rates of detection of cancer are low and the number of inappropriate referrals is high. We undertook a prospective study of 150 consecutive patients with oral lesions referred to a department of oral and maxillofacial surgery in a teaching hospital that uses a "two week wait" fast-track referral system for head and neck cancers. The main outcome measures were the number of cancers… CONTINUE READING

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