Munster Branch Preparation Course re Mouth Cancer Awareness Day

Munster Branch Preparation Course re Mouth Cancer Awareness Day

Date: Tuesday, 17 September 2013 at 19:30 to 21:30

The Munster Branch of the Irish Dental Association in conjunction with Cork University Dental School & Hospital will hold a Preparation Course for Mouth Cancer Awareness Day on Tuesday 17th September 2013 from 7.30 to 9.30 in Cork University Hospital Lecture Theatre.  It will be run by Dr Eleanor O’Sullivan.

Aim: To ensure that all General Dental Practitioners feel confident in their ability to participate fully in this event

Learning Outcomes:
Having attended this lecture, participants should be able to:

• Discuss the aims and potential benefits of the forthcoming Awareness Day
• Organize a successful Mouth Cancer Awareness Day in their own practice, completion of documentation (consent forms and screening forms), staff utilization, onward referral process where required
• Be prepared to answer any questions about Mouth Cancer the public may ask
• Feel confident in their ability to perform a thorough Extra-oral and Intra-oral Examination
• Identify benign, premalignant and malignant lesions oral lesions and conditions the GDP may encounter in practice
• Discuss the differential diagnosis, management and appropriate referral of any lesions encountered

Opportunities for discussion/demonstration following lecture

Mouth Cancer Awareness Day is a national initiative aimed at raising the understanding of this cancer and encouraging as many patients as possible, especially high-risk patients, to attend a dental practitioner for advice and examination. While the prognosis for early oral and pharyngeal cancer is excellent with 5-year survival rates of 80-90%, survival rates show a progressive reduction with advancing stage, with rates as low as 10-35% reported for advanced lesions. It is therefore very regrettable that most oral cancers tend to be advanced at presentation. This initiative aims to raise public and professional awareness and improve the rate of early detection. This should significantly reduce both the morbidity and mortality associated with this disease.