USPSTF Updates Guidelines for Oral Cancer Screening

Posted on November 26, 2013

November 25, 2013 -- Updated guidelines from Virginia A. Moyer, MD, MPH, on behalf of the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) say the evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening by primary care providers for oral cancer in asymptomatic adults, Medscape reports. The guidelines will be published online November 26 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The USPSTF noted in its recommendation that its study focused on oral cavity screenings performed by primary care providers, not dental providers or otolaryngologists. It reiterates the group's 2004 recommendation, which also found insufficient evidence to recommend for or against screening.

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