Free oral cancer toolkit for dental professionals with CPD
We have developed an oral cancer toolkit in partnership with Cancer Research UK, to help dental health professionals identify and refer possible cases of oral cancer, please use it:
The toolkit includes information on the signs to look out for, how to respond, as well as possible risk factors and includes a CPD quiz, with 3 hours of verifiable CPD.
Training and CDP events
Oral cancer - identify, refer and prevent
Friday 23 November | London
Improve your knowledge of the prevention and detection of oral cancer, including what to look out for and when and how to respond
BDA ILearn CPD series
Our iLearn CPD series can be done at anytime, online: we have several iLearns on the topic of oral cancers, find out more.
What is the BDA doing about oral cancers?
1. Raising awarenesss of oral cancers
We organised an All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dentistry and Oral Health meeting on the topic of oral cancers, highlighting the devastating impact for patients and our work campaigning to raise public awareness of this disease.
We launched Oral cancer - a plan for action in the Scottish Parliament in November 2018, and we were delighted to be joined by cancer survivors from across Scotland and MSPs from across the political spectrum. We will continue to campaign on this issue to help tackle the rising rates of oral cancer in Scotland.
2. Campaigning for gender-neutral HPV vaccinations
Alongside HPV Action, we campaigning for an extension of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine programme to include school-aged boys.
We've welcomed the Government's announcement that all 12 and 13-year-olds in England will be vaccinated against HPV.
We set out the case for blanket immunisation against HPV, and said it was morally indefensible to allow thousands of men to develop cancers, which could be easily and cheaply prevented.
3. Protecting smoking-cessation funding
We have called for smoking-cessation funding to be ring-fenced and highlighted that cutting local councils' public health budgets means that services which are not mandatory, such as support for smokers who want to quit, are under threat.
4. Action on the plain packaging of cigarettes
We campaigned vigorously for action on plain packaging of cigarettes, alongside the Smokefree Action Coalition and Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and we welcomed the news in 2015, that plain packaging was to be fast-tracked.
Retailers have had to conform to the new guidance on plain packaging for tobacco products from 20 May 2016.
Find out more
Read about our latest campaigning work on oral cancer in our blogs.
Top tips and resources for detecting oral cancers
Oral cancer public health initiatives
We support a range of initiatives focusing on oral and mouth cancers, and we encourage dentists and their teams to get involved.
Each year, we support:
Resources for dental patients
Useful resources for dental patients on oral cancers can be found on the Oral Health Foundation's website.
Cancer Research UK also have free practical resources for healthcare professions on smoking cessation - with tools on discussing smoking cessation with patients.