How to diagnose oral cancer as dentists: Reading the early signs
The aim of this webinar is to consolidate the knowledge about the role of dentists in the early diagnosis of oral cancers and what should be done while carrying this responsibility, and to provide information about current diagnostic techniques.
Oral cancers rank 18th among the most common cancers, however, survival has not changed significantly despite developing technology and treatment methods. Five-year survival is below 50%, especially in advanced stage cancers. Although major preventable risk factors such as smoking and alcohol have been identified, the increase in public awareness has not always reflected on behavior. Although dentists have very different roles in the diagnosis, treatment process and post-treatment survival of oral cancers, such as oral and dental rehabilitation, their role in the early diagnosis of oral cancers is critical. Soft tissue examination and oral cancer screening can often be life-saving in every patient encountered for the first time. Of course, examination does not lead to a definitive diagnosis, but it is an important step in revealing suspicious lesions. Biopsy is still the undisputed gold standard as the only definitive diagnostic tool for oral cancers. Auxiliary diagnostic methods, on the other hand, try to support the physician on the way to diagnosis, especially using various stains and fluorescence. Identifying the patients in the risk group, performing regular oral cancer screening examinations, trying to keep the patient away from possible risk factors, and above all, to know the tissues he works on very well and to notice the pathology is one of the most important responsibilities on the dentist.
- Value of soft tissue examination on dental visits
- How to use diagnostic aids in diagnosis of oral cancer
- Differential diagnosis of oral cancer
Release date: 2023-12-12 | Expiration date: 2026-12-12