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Oral Lesions Diagnosed during Oral Cancer Prevention Campaign in Fernandópolis, Brazil, 2015

Saygo Tomo, Marlene Cabral Coimbra Cruz, Karina Gonzales Camara Fernandes, Mônica Kina, Nagib Pezati Boer, Luciana Estevam Simonato

Citation Information : Tomo S, Cruz MC, Fernandes KG, Kina M, Boer NP, Simonato LE. Oral Lesions Diagnosed during Oral Cancer Prevention Campaign in Fernandópolis, Brazil, 2015. World J Dent 2015; 6 (3):138-142.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10015-1329

Published Online: 01-09-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; The Author(s).



To describe oral lesions diagnosed during oral cancer prevention campaign performed in Fernandópolis, Brazil, in 2015.

Materials and methods

Patients who attended for the Basic Health Units of the city of Fernandópolis on the day of the campaign were examined by dental surgeons who searched for oral lesions clinically suggestive for oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) or potentially malignant lesions. Final diagnosis was obtained by a re-evaluation of patients with suspicious lesions performed by an expert in oral diseases.


Seven hundred and sixty-two patients were examined during the campaign; although 96 (12.59%) presented with oral suspicious lesions and forwarded for re-evaluation, only 72 (9.44%) attended for re-evaluation and got the final diagnosis. Among re-evaluated patients, only 1 (1.38%) was diagnosed with oral SCC, whereas 56 (77.77%) were diagnosed with oral benign lesions, and 19 (26.38%) were diagnosed with oral normality variations.


Oral cancer low diagnosis rate detected during this campaign might be attributed to lacks on oral cancer prevention campaign methodologies, which clearly needs to be improved aiming to reach patients in real risk for oral cancer development. Furthermore, oral benign lesions diagnosis among patients forwarded with suspicious lesions rates suggests a lack on dental surgeons’ knowledge regarding oral cancer.

How to cite this article

Tomo S, Cruz MCC, Fernandes KGC, Kina M, Boer NP, Simonato LE. Oral Lesions Diagnosed during Oral Cancer Prevention Campaign in Fernandópolis, Brazil, 2015. World J Dent 2015;6(3):138-142.

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