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Detection of very early oral cancers in Puerto Rico.

Authors
  • Morse, Douglas E
  • Psoter, Walter J
  • De La Torre Feliciano, Taína
  • Cruz, Gustavo
  • Figueroa, Nayda
Type
Published Article
Journal
American Journal of Public Health
Publisher
American Public Health Association
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2008
Volume
98
Issue
7
Pages
1200–1202
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2007.118679
PMID: 18511727
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We evaluated a possible disparity in the detection of very early oral cancers in Puerto Rico relative to the United States. The percentage of in situ (noninvasive) cases among all oral cancer cases was calculated separately for Puerto Rico and the United States using population-based cancer registry data (1992-2001). In situ cancers constituted 1.2% of oral cancer cases in Puerto Rico and 3.4% in the United States (P<.001). These findings suggest a disparity in very early oral cancer detection in Puerto Rico compared with the United States.

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