About the book
Oral cancer is one of the common human malignancies occurring worldwide with significant morbidity and mortality. The disease is of multifactorial etiology and despite the adequate understanding of the pathogenesis and therapeutic advancements, it still remains an enigma with a poor survival rate. The past few decades have seen tremendous progress in health science which has enabled the clinician and researchers to better understand the concept of oral carcinogenesis. However, the enormous knowledge has not translated well for patient care and improvement in morbidity and mortality.
While employing the term oral cancer, there are two factors that need attention: Oral cancer is a broad one encompassing carcinomas, sarcomas, and salivary gland neoplasms; but it is usually indicative of epithelial malignancies and secondly is it reasonable to include the malignancies of the posterior oral cavity, an oropharyngeal region also under the broad term of "oral cancer"? The above two factors assume significance owing to the differences in the etiopathogenesis, metastatic ability, and the management of the various oral cancers.
Taking into consideration the various factors as enlisted above, the aim of this book project is to include the various malignancies affecting the oral cavity under the broader term of "oral cancer" with specific emphasis on the current concepts and the future considerations with respect to the etiopathogenesis, diagnosis, and management of these malignancies.