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Ayşe Gülşahı

Dr. Ayşe Gülşahı graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry of Ankara University in 1997 and completed the doctorate in Oral Diagnosis and Radiology Department at Ankara University Faculty of Dentistry. Since 2005 she has been working at Başkent University Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Dentomaxillofacial Radiology. Dr Gülşahı received the Prof.Dr title in 2014. She is currently serving as the vice dean of the Faculty of Dentistry of Başkent University and the head of the Dentomaxillofacial Radiology Department. She has many national and international scientific publications. Ayşe Gülşahı has been working in the area of both radiology and soft tissue lesions. She is currently a board member of the Academy of The Turkish Dental Association.

Precancerous Lesions And Clinical Approches
Oral cancers are an important health problem and account for about 1-5% of all malignant tumors. Each year nearly half of the patients die from oral cancer. Most oral cancers occur as squamous cell carcinomas that develop from premalignant conditions of the oral cavity. Precancerous lesions of oral mucosa, known as potentially malignant disorders in recent years, are consists of a group of diseases, which should be diagnosed in the early stage. Oral leukoplakia, erythroplakia, oral submucous fibrosis, lichen planus and proliferative verruciform leukoplakia are the most common oral mucosal diseases that have a very high malignant transformation rate. The etiologic factors implicated in oral cancers are tobacco use, alcohol consumption, Human papillomavirus infections and chronic trauma. The early detection of cancer is of critical importance because survival rates markedly improve when the oral lesion is identified at an early stage. Many malignancies are not diagnosed until late stages of disease The dental profession has a crucial role in the early detection and treatment of precancerous lesions. In this panel, precanserous lesions such as lichen planus, leukoplakia, proliferative verruciform leukoplakia and erythroplakia cases and the clinical approches will discussed.