Mouth cancer - how to ensure you don't miss the signs
This session aims to ensure that all members of the dental team are able to detect mouth cancer. Approximately 6,500 cases of mouth cancer are diagnosed in the UK each year. Despite improvements in surgical management and use of radiotherapy, the five year survival of this devastating disease remains poor at 50%. Detection of lesions when small (less than 2cm in diameter) is a major factor that is associated with improved prognosis. Full examination of the oral soft tissue is an essential component of every routine dental examination. In addition, a number of special investigations that can be employed to aid early detection of malignant conditions are available. General dental practitioners have had conditions imposed on their practise by the GDC following failure ‘to adequately examine patients and assess malignant ulcers’ so it’s essential you are competent and feel confident in your ability to identify and diagnose mouth cancer.
Lecture filmed at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition 2014.
- Undertake a self-assessment of your ability to detect mouth cancer
- Recognise the different ways by which mouth cancer may present clinically
- Gain knowledge of those conditions which should be regarded as potentially malignant
- Be aware of the special investigations that may be used to assist detection of mouth cancer.
1 hour of verifiable CORE CPD
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About the speaker
Mike Lewis,Professor of Oral Medicine and Dean, Cardiff University
Professor Lewis is Professor of Oral Medicine and Dean of the School of Dentistry at Cardiff University. He is also Clinical Board Director for Dentistry, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. He is President of the British Society for Oral and Dental Research and past Dean of the Dental Faculty of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Professor Lewis has published over 200 scientific articles and co-authored six medical textbooks, including the successful BDJ Clinical Guide to Oral Medicine. He has delivered more than 450 postgraduate lectures worldwide. In addition, he has served as President of the British Society for Oral Medicine, Dental Member of the Advisory Council for Misuse of Drugs (Home Office) and Dental Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (Department of Health).
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