Jo-Anne Jones, RDH
“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 of oral cancer is a gratification that cannot be compared to anything we do in dental hygiene practice. 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 clients at heightened risk for oral and oropharyngeal cancer.
Through a guided visual journey of inspiring stories of oral cancer survivors and those who have lost their lives, this session is a opportunity to learn about the subtle life-saving symptoms and critical screening techniques that will increase our likelihood of saving a life!
- Recognize the incidence and five-year survival rates of current oral and oropharyngeal cancer.
- Explore the critical components and palpation techniques of today’s oral cancer screening exam.
- Learn about the role adjunctive screening devices play in enhancing our assessment capabilities.
- Understand the clinician’s role in opportunistic screening and earlier discovery of oral and oropharyngeal cancer.
- Session handout will be provided.