The Early Detection of Mouth Cancer

40mins Verifiable CPD, 1 Module, 1 Learning Resource

Course Summary

In this short presentation, Dr. Lewis gives an excellent overview of how all dental team members can be involved in the early detection of mouth cancer. 

It stresses the importance of carrying out regular scans and shows delegates how these can be performed quickly and efficiently. It considers how to counsel patients before and after scans, and how to educate and inform the public about this disease in an accurate but non-alarming way. 

The presentation covers basic examination and diagnostic skills to give delegates confidence in introducing this invaluable service.

Speaker Profile

Philip Lewis qualified in London in 1977. He has worked in general practice and as a clinical assistant in the hospital service. He takes a keen interest in postgraduate education and the development of the dental team.

Philip is on the Editorial Advisory Boards of several magazines, has received awards for commitment to postgraduate education, has served as a director of The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and belongs to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the British Dental Bleaching Society. He currently acts as General Secretary to the European Society of Cosmetic Dentistry. 

In addition, Philip is a long-serving member of the British Dental Association and acts as a media spokesman. He has made many television and radio appearances as well as having numerous articles and interviews published in the Dental and Consumer press. He has been short listed in the Dentist of the Year Awards and has lectured in the UK and abroad on clinical innovations.

Philip runs a single-handed private dental practice on the Isle of Wight with the help of two part-time dental hygienists. His wife Joy acts as receptionist/practice manager. His daughters Chloe and Sarah are both qualified dental nurses.

Learning Content

Understand the importance of routinely screening for oral cancer.
Appreciate the medico-legal threats of not recording examination data.

Aims & Objectives

  • To understand the risk factors.
  • To be able to recognise suspicious lesions of the mouth and lips.
  • To know how to differentiate between normal structures and pathological conditions.
  • To introduce a robust screening system into the practice.
  • To appreciate and understand the role that can be played by all team members.

Development Outcomes

A. Effective communication with patients, the dental team, and others across dentistry, including when obtaining consent, dealing with complaints, and raising concerns when patients are at risk

B. Effective management of self, and effective management of others or effective work with others in the dental team, in the interests of patients at all times; providing constructive leadership where appropriate

C. Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice

D. Maintenance of skills, behaviours and attitudes which maintain patient confidence in you and the dental profession and put patients’ interests first

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