The Essential Guide to Mouth Cancer

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Speaker: Professor Mike Lewis
CPD Time: 1.5 hours
Duration: 1 hour
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Approximately7,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed in the UK each year. The 5-year survival of this devastating disease remains poor at 50% despite improvements in diagnosis and treatment options.  Detection of the cancer whilst small (less than 2cm in diameter) is the single most important factor that improves prognosis.  Full examination of the oral soft tissue is an essential component of every dental examination.  A number of factors have been implicated in aetiology of mouth cancer.  Furthermore, a range of oral conditions are regarded as potentially malignant.  This on line programme will provide essential information for all members of the dental team that has the potential to save patient’s lives.

Learning objectives

Following completion of this programme viewers will;

  • Know how to examine the oral soft tissues and have an understanding of the investigations that may be used to detect mouth cancer
  • Have an appreciation of the causes of mouth cancer.
  • Have knowledge of those conditions which should be regarded as potentially malignant.
  • Gain an assessment of their ability to detect mouth cancer by use of a self assessed interactive quiz

This talk satisfies the GDC’s learning outcome:

  • C – Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice


Professor Mike Lewis PhD, FDSRCPS, FRCPath, FDSRCS(Ed), FDSRCS(Eng), FFGDP(UK), FHEA 

Professor Mike Lewis is Dean of the School of Dentistry, Cardiff University and Divisional Director for Dental Services, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board. He is an honorary consultant in Oral Medicine and has published over 200 scientific articles in the field of Oral Medicine. Mike is first author of the highly successful BDJ Clinical Guide to Oral Medicine 3rd edition and the Colour Handbook of Oral Medicine 2nd edition. He has delivered more than 450 postgraduate lectures worldwide. In addition, Professor Lewis has served as President of the British Society for Oral Medicine and is the immediate-past Dean of the Dental Faculty of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He has previously acted as the representative for Dentistry on the Advisory Council for Misuse of Drugs (Home Office) and the Scientific Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (Department of Health).

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