Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice


Oral cancer

      1. Oral cancer

Cancer | Oral cancer

It is estimated that more than 700 people were diagnosed with oral cancer in 2023 in Australia.1


Recommendation Grade How often References
Screening for oral cancer in asymptomatic adults is not recommended because there is insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms. Not recommended (Strong) N/A 2

In 2013, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) found that there is inadequate evidence for the accuracy of diagnosis, benefits and harms of screening for oral cancer.2

There are no specific recommendations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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