Oral cancer is a growing threat in the UK. While the death rates of most other cancers have been falling for some time, as awareness and medical technology get better, mouth cancer rates have been rising. This means dentists need to make sure they are as well-equipped as possible to deal with the disease.
To this end, the British Dental Association (BDA) has organised a one-day training workshop for dentists to enhance their skill set when it comes to mouth cancer. The seminar will train them up both to detect the disease and to manage the restorative aspects of treatment, such as implants.
Professor Mike Lewis, professor of oral medicine and dean of the School of Dentistry at Cardiff University, and president of the British Society for Oral and Dental Research, is one of the two professionals who will be hosting the seminar. He will be joined by Craig Barclay, consultant in restorative dentistry at University Dental Hospital of Manchester and honorary professor in maxillofacial rehabilitation.
“It’s important to remember on World Cancer Day the unique role that dentists play in diagnosing mouth cancer or referring suspicious oral lesions to a specialist,” said Professor Lewis.
“It’s worrying that the incidence of mouth cancer is increasing and occurring in younger people. Having a well-planned, integrated opportunistic mouth cancer detection programme in your practice can help to combat this worrying trend.”
The seminar, entitled ‘mouth cancer detection and management in primary dental care’, will be held at the BDA’s headquarters on 64 Wimpole Street in London on March 6th. The cost of the event will be £195 for dental care professionals, £295 for BDA members and £385 for everyone else.
Professor Barclay said: “Mouth cancer remains one of the most debilitating and disfiguring of all malignancies for those who survive. It also presents the whole dental team with important obligations, challenges and a real opportunity to save a life.”