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Referring patients with suspected oral cancer to dentists may delay diagnosis, say GPs

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 20 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4896
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London, UK

National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance that GPs should refer patients suspected of having oral cancer to a dentist may delay diagnosis, researchers have warned.1

The guidelines state that patients with a lump on their lip or in their oral cavity or who have a red or red and white patch in their oral cavity should be sent for assessment for possible oral cancer by a dentist within two weeks of seeing their GP.2

If GPs follow the guidance then the emphasis …

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