Detection of very early oral cancers in Puerto Rico

Douglas E. Morse, Walter J. Psoter, Taína De La Torre Feliciano, Gustavo Cruz, Nayda Figueroa

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We evaluated a possible disparity in the detection of very early oral cancers in Puerto Rico relative to the United States. The percentage of in situ (noninvasive) cases among all oral cancer cases was calculated separately for Puerto Rico and the United States using population-based cancer registry data (1992-2001). In situ cancers constituted 1.2% of oral cancer cases in Puerto Rico and 3.4% in the United States (P<.001). These findings suggest a disparity in very early oral cancer detection in Puerto Rico compared with the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1200-1202
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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