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May JADA looks at oral malignant melanoma prognostic factors

April 25, 2017

By Michelle Manchir

Early and detailed examinations for oral malignant melanoma are critical for improving the survival rate, according to research published in the May issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

Authors of the cover story, "Determining the Epidemiologic, Outcome and Prognostic Factors of Oral Malignant Melanoma By Using the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Database," said their study confirmed that multiple prognostic factors are associated with oral malignant melanoma survival, including age of diagnosis, decade of diagnosis, extent of disease, tumor size and socioeconomic status.

"Dentists should examine pigmented lesions carefully, especially in older patients and patients of lower socioeconomic status who are often diagnosed later, resulting in a worse prognosis," the article's authors said in a statement to ADA News.

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Other highlights of the May issue of JADA include an article about medical care providers' perspectives on dental information needs in electronic health records; a look at standardized dental diagnostic terminology; and an article addressing inappropriate medication use by older adult dental patients.

Every month, JADA articles are published online at in advance of the print publication.