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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 147-150

Tumor Markers: An Overview

1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal University Manipal, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Yenepoya Dental College, Yenepoya University Nithyanand Nagar, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Ajay G Nayak
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal University, Manipal-576104, Karnataka
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Oral cancer is a potentially fatal disease that has been the bane of clinicians throughout the world. Though various modalities of management exist, early detection still provides the best hope for any cancer patient Advances in molecular diagnosis have led to a plethora of choices being available in the fight against cancer. Abnormal cellular products elucidated from malignant cells can be detected and measured in various body tissues and fluids and constitute tumor markers. The various clinical applications and their limitations are covered in the brief overview to help the oral medicine specialist understand the relevant advances made in the field of tumor markers.

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