Package type:
CPD credits:
2 hours
Healthcare Learning, KSS Deanery, Dental Protection Ltd and British Dental Health Foundation
Estimated run time:
2 hours
British Dental Health Foundation; Dental Protection Ltd; Postgraduate Deanery for Kent, Surrey & Sussex; The Department of Health

Online Price: £89.00

Oral Cancer

This two-hour programme aims to offer an extensive oral cancer learning resource for healthcare professionals.

On completing the programme you will be:

  • Up to date on current oral cancer epidemiology
  • Aware of the importance of routine opportunistic screening for oral cancer
  • Able to identify patients at particular risk and provide appropriate advice
  • Able to identify suspicious lesions
  • Aware of the appropriate referral procedure
  • Confident in communicating concerns to patients
  • Better able to understand the disease from a patient's perspective
  • Able to comprehend the outcome following referral to a specialist

Course Objectives:

The programme comprises four topics, with each split into further subsessions.

Topic 1: The facts

This topic provides a background into the incidence, causes and development of oral cancer - this will aid your understanding of the contributing risk factors and mechanics of the disease.

The sessions are broken down into:

  • Session 1: Epidemiology
  • Session 2: Risk Factors
  • Session 3: Pathogenesis

Topic 2: Team Approach

This topic looks at all aspects of communication both within the team and with the patient. Your role in providing advice and supporting the patient will be explored with the emphasis on:

  • Session 1: Raising Awareness
  • Session 2: Communication
  • Session 3: Referral

Treatment Topic 3: Screening Examination

This topic includes practical advice on improving your opportunistic screening procedures. This topic focuses on:

  • Session 1: Risk Factor Assessment
  • Session 2: The Examination Procedure
  • Session 3: Examination Aids

Topic 4: Case Studies

The final topic provides a much needed insight into first hand experiences of examining, making referrals and living with oral cancer:

  • Session 1: Team Stories
  • Session 2: The patient's story professionals play in early detection
  • Made in conjunction with the following experts:

    Dr Nigel L Carter BDS, LDS(RCS), Chief Executive British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF).

    Dr Sue Gregory BDS, MSc, MCCDRCS, MFDSRCS, FFPH, Deputy Chief Dental Office, Department of Health.

    Mr Nicholas Kalavrezos BDS, MBBS, FFDRCSI, FRCS (max), MD Consultant Maxillofacial/Head & Neck Surgeon, University College London Hospitals.

    Professor Stephen Lambert-Humble BDS, MSc, DGDP, FFPH, FFGDP(UK), Dean of Postgraduate Dentistry for Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS).

    Professor Mark McGurk BDS, DM, BM, FDS RCS, FRCS(Edin), FRCS(Eng), DOHNS (RCS Eng)Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital Trust

    Dr Christopher M Nutting BSc, MBBS, FRCP, FRCR, MD, ECMO Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Royal Marsden Hospital.

    Professor Crispian Scully CBE, MD, PhD, MDS, MRCS, BSc, FDSRCS,FDSRCPS, FFDRCSI, FDSRCSE, FRCPath, FMedSci, FHEA, FUCL, DSc,DChD, DMed(HC), Dr hc, Emeritus Professor UCL; Visiting Professor Universities of Bristol, Edinburgh, Granada and Helsinki.

    Professor Saman Warnakulasuriya OBE, BDS (Cey), FDSRCS(Eng & Edin), PhD(Glas), DSc (HC).Chair Oral Medicine and Experimental Oral Pathology, Kings College London.

Decision Aid

Click here to download a decision aid installer designed as an additional resource to the course. The aid leads you through the questions you need to consider in making a referral, this should be used in conjunction with the information in the programme.

The decision aid requires Adobe Air which you will be prompted to install or you can download from: http://get.adobe.com/air/

Licensing Information:

This programme is licensed for unlimited use on 5 computers. Each license will give you access to print 10 CPD certificates. 2 certificates on each computer.

System Requirements:

The minimum requirements for the programme are:

  • Windows XP or later
  • 500MHz or faster processor
  • 128MB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • Mac users need to have OS X or above

It is best viewed at a screen resolution of 1024x768 using a 24-bit colour setting.