Refereed review article in scientific journal (A2)

Cancer of the tongue - early detection improves the prognosis

List of Authors: Mäkinen LK, Hagström J, Mäkitie A, Atula T

Journal: Duodecim

Journal name in source: Duodecim; laaketieteellinen aikakauskirja

Journal acronym: Duodecim

Volume number: 132

Issue number: 22

ISSN: 0012-7183

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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