Vermont Dental Conference

Program 7  Hindsight is Always 20/20: Missing the Oral Cancer Diagnosis

Jo-Anne Jones, RDH          Sponsored By: LED Dental, Inc. (VELscope) & Orascoptic
Audience Code: D, H, A     2.5 CEUs/Clinical

“Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but foresight is better, especially when it comes to saving a life.” William Blake The ability to save a life through earlier diagnosis is a gratification that may not be compared to anything we do in dentistry. Conversely, when we ‘miss’ a diagnosis, the sorrow that ensues is challenging to overcome. Both the medical and dental communities have been caught off guard with a changing and escalating profile coupled with a number of social trends that are placing our dental patient at heightened risk for oral and oropharyngeal cancer. Through a guided visual journey of inspiring and moving oral cancer stories of survivors and those who have lost their lives, learn the subtle life-saving symptoms and critical screening techniques that will increase our opportunity to save a life! This is a presentation you will never forget.

Program Objectives:

  • To recognize the incidence and five-year survival rates of current oral and oropharyngeal cancer
  • To explore the critical components and palpation techniques of today’s oral cancer screening exam
  • To understand the role adjunctive screening devices, play in enhancing our assessment capabilities
  • To understand our role in opportunistic screening and earlier discovery of oral and oropharyngeal cancer