Registered Dental Hygienist, Speaker, Consultant, Trainer, Author Oral Cancer Consulting Westminster, Colorado, United States
Dentistry is faced with an epidemic of oropharyngeal (posterior oral cavity) cancer caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV-16). Historically tobacco and alcohol have been the main cause of oral (anterior oral cavity) cancer, yet oral cancers having no known etiology are on the rise. Additionally, the Skin Cancer Foundation reports more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. In 2019 The American Dental Association House of Delegates amended their policy on early detection and prevention of oral cancer to include oropharyngeal cancer and cover all patients, saying all patients should receive an intraoral and extraoral, visual and tactile evaluation, not just those previously thought to be at an increased risk because of tobacco and alcohol use. The oropharyngeal evaluation requires additional protocol.
As dental professionals we are uniquely positioned, and ethically responsible to screen for signs and symptoms of head and neck, oral, oropharyngeal cancer. The epidemic of “our cancer” demands a paradigm shift from what is the “norm” in screening, to implementing a comprehensive cancer screening, risk assessment, and office system, to aid in early detection and decreasing liability. Susan will discuss protocol for this paradigm shift. *This session will be removed from the virtual platform immediately following the conclusion of conference on June 28.
Identify risk factors, and potential signs and symptoms of head and neck, oral, oropharyngeal cancer.
Apply best practice clinical techniques for the head and neck oral, oropharyngeal cancer screening.
Learn components of a comprehensive oral cancer office system.