Is detecting oral cancer in general dental practices a realistic expectation? A population-based study using population linked data in Scotland

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  • Informs general dental practitioners that despite increasing rates of oral cancer, it is still a relatively low-volume disease in Scotland.

  • Highlights the need for early detection strategies in dental practices to recognise the rarity of the disease, as well as the importance of improving access and uptake of primary dental care services.

  • Demonstrates that a large proportion of those diagnosed with oral cancer did not have regular contact with GDPs.

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Acknowledgements: The authors would like to thank David Brewster, Director of Scottish Cancer Registry, and Mark McCartney at eDRIS for facilitating data access and NHS Education for Scotland for funding this study.

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