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The Incidence of Oral Cancer in Female Patients

In the month of June alone, Dr. Firoozeh Samim, an Oral Medicine and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist at McGill University, diagnosed cancerous tongue lesions in six female patients aged 35-45. No traditional risk factors were present in any of the six patients.

In this short conversation with Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks CDA, Dr. Samim highlights this new trend in the presentation of oral cancers. She gives details on clinical presentation in younger people and how it differs from the presentation in older patients, and provides key takeaways for dentists in how they can play an important role in the early diagnosis of this life-changing condition.

We hope you find the conversation useful. We welcome your thoughts, questions and/or suggestions about this post and other topics. Leave a comment in the box below or send us your feedback by email.

Until next time!
CDA Oasis Team


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  1. Paul Belzycki August 22, 2020

    Many thanks for this thoughtful presentation. The question I pose is are you claiming an increase in the number of cancer lesions in female patients without the traditional causal social habits? Or, can the stated perceived increase in frequency be attributed to the nature of your practice…a “cluster event”?


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