Oral Cancer
Oral Cancer

Development Outcome: C

Secondary Development Outcome: A

2.0 h

2.0 Credits


Oral Cancer

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Course Description


To provide the learner with knowledge of the latest evidence, the importance of early detection and the role of pracitioners in opportunistic screening, referal, raising awareness and delivering preventative advice. 

Learning content

This programme offers an extensive oral cancer learning resource for healthcare professionals. 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



  • To become up to date on current oral cancer epidemiology
  • Awareness of the importance of routine opportunistic screening for oral cancer
  • Abliblity to identify patients at particular risk and provide appropriate advice
  • Abliblity to identify suspicious lesions
  • Awareness of the appropriate referral procedure
  • Confidence in communicating concerns to patients
  • Better able to understand the disease from a patient's perspective

Development Outcome: C

Development Outcome: A


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/



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. 


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