Refereed review article in scientific journal (A2)

Cancer of the tongue - early detection improves the prognosis

List of AuthorsMäkinen LK, Hagström J, Mäkitie A, Atula T


Journal name in sourceDuodecim; laaketieteellinen aikakauskirja

Journal acronymDuodecim

Volume number132

Issue number22

Start page2063

End page70


Approximately 30 to 40% of all patients with tongue cancer still succumb to the disease in five years. Early diagnosis of the disease is of vital importance, because treatment will in that case cause considerably less harm. The diagnosis is confirmed with a histological specimen, which should be taken from every suspicious lesion, and can easily be taken under local anesthesia with a punch. Already when seeking treatment, as many as 25 % of patients with tongue cancer have neck metastases, which influence the prognosis. Heavy use of tobacco and alcohol are the most important risk factors of tongue cancer.

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