Priority 3 from the Oral and Dental Health PSP

UNCERTAINTY: What are the most effective ways of increasing early detection/diagnosis of oral cancer? (JLA PSP Priority 3)
Overall ranking 3
JLA question ID 0079/3
Explanatory note Not available for this PSP

Limited evidence to support diagnostic adjuncts to be used in primary care settings Low-quality evidence suggests that cytologic testing seems to be the most accurate adjunct among those included in this review. Biopsy and histopathologic assessment remain the single definitive test to diagnose PMDs and OSCC through detecting dysplasia.

For full details of the evidence checked, please see the spreadsheet of data held on the JLA website.

Health Research Classification System category  Oral and gastrointestinal
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples Original questions covered the identification of potentially malignant disorders, how to detect oral cancer early (including educating the public about the signs and symptoms of oral cancer) and how to diagnose oral cancer.
Submitted by  1 x patients, carers or members of public, 3 x health professionals
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0079
PSP name Oral and Dental Health
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP 38  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 12 December 2018