About the book
Oral cancer is among most common malignancies encountered in clinical practice. Despite diagnostic and therapeutic advancements, the five-year survival rate is low. Possible reasons for the decreased survival rate could be due to delayed diagnosis of the oral lesions, lack of awareness of the precursor lesions that have a potential for malignant transformation, and delay in the implementation of treatment. Early detection of oral cancer is a pre-requisite for improving the quality of life and reducing the morbidity and mortality rate. For several decades, the mainstay for treatment of oral cancer has always been surgery either alone or in conjunction with radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy although they are associated with several side effects. Research is being undertaken to improve the existing treatment protocol and some of the newer methods include targeted drug therapy, gene therapy and immunotherapy among others. Thus, the aim of this book is to highlight the various screening methods of oral cancer, to discuss the available treatment options and to emphasize on the newer treatment methods available.