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Corresponding author: Rosana Andrea Morelatto DDS. PhD., Associate Professor, Stomatology Chair Department of Oral Pathology. Ground floor. Faculty of Dentistry. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Haya de la Torre Blvd. 5000. Córdoba, Argentina. +54 9 3515131430.
We compare results of delay in oral cancer diagnosis before and after a campaign directed
to dentists and raising awareness of the population to achieve early diagnosis of
oral cancer in Córdoba, Argentina. The campaign included training diagnostic skills
of dentists and a public awareness program through media and networks.
Clinical records (period 1: before intervention program, n=70; period 2: after intervention
program, n=60) of patients presenting with oral squamous cell carcinoma, treated in
two referral centers, were analyzed. Records included first symptoms, first consultation
with a health professional, and the time when treatment was formulated.
Oral cancer diagnosis at early stages increased from 27 % (period 1) to 40% (period
2). In period 1, biopsy at first consultation was indicated in 6% of patients and
in 23.3% in period 2. OR: 4.68 CI (1.87-11.73) p< 0.05. Professional delay at early
stage decreased from 72% in period 1 to 36.8% in period 2. During period 1, for initial
stage cancer, the average patient and professional delay was 2,7 and 2,9 months, respectively
(p=0.06) and in period 2 patient delay was 2.67 months and professional delay was
1.34 months (p=0.005).
The intervention program helped to improve early-stage diagnosis from 27% to 40% by
reducing professional delays.