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TORRES-PEREIRA, Cassius C. et al. Strategies for management of oral cancer in primary and secondary healthcare services. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2012, vol.28, suppl., pp.s30-s39. ISSN 1678-4464.

Progress in cancer management by health systems involves improvements in surveillance, organization of healthcare services, specific programs focused on primary and secondary prevention, and scientific and technical advances in diagnosis and treatment. Despite well-known progress in the management of malignant neoplasms in all the above areas, oral cancer displays persistently high morbidity and mortality rates, apparently failing to reflect the accumulated scientific knowledge on the disease. The current article discusses the reasons for this mismatch, the need for redefining priorities in oral cancer management, and the implementation of such priorities as a public health policy.

Keywords : Mouth Neoplasms; Health Public Policy; Oral Health.

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