- Susan Muller DMD, MS; Emory University
- Casey Hein BSDH, MBA; University of Manitoba
- 2 hours
* Continuing Education Credit
This continuing education activity was developed under the auspices of the Division of Continuing Professional Development, Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Manitoba. Upon successful completion participants will be provided confirmation of educational credit.
- RCPSC Section 3 Credit
This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the University of Manitoba’s Division of Continuing Professional Development on May 1, 2013, and expires on April 30, 2016. Remember to visit MAINPORT (https://mainport.royalcollege.ca) to record your learning and outcomes. You may claim a maximum of 2 hours.
- CFPC Mainpro-M1 Credit
This program meets the accreditation criteria of The College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been accredited by the University of Manitoba’s Division of Continuing Professional Development for up to 2 Mainpro-M1 credits.
- AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the University of Manitoba’s Division of Continuing Professional Development designates this activity for a maximum of 2 American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award (AMA PRA) Category 1 credits. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Oral cancer is the sixth-most common malignancy in the world. Statistics on the prognosis of oral and oropharyngeal cancer and survival rates provide a compelling rationale for enlisting non-dental healthcare providers in patient education and the prevention of oral cancer, and in the screening and referral of patients with suspicious lesions. This module provides information about oral and oropharyngeal cancer that is most relevant to non-dental healthcare providers, and offers recommendations for effectively and efficiently incorporating into everyday patient care disease-management strategies that help ensure the timely identification of precancerous and cancerous lesions of the oral cavity and oropharynx. The clinical presentation and the signs and symptoms of potentially premalignant lesions in the oral cavity and oropharynx will be discussed, as well as an overview of associated risk factors. The module concludes by offering important talking points to educate patients at risk for oral and oropharyngeal cancer, and step-by-step directions to assist non-dental healthcare providers in performing a head and neck examination.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the incidence of oral and oropharyngeal cancer.
- Articulate the importance of early detection of oral and oropharyngeal cancer in overall survival rates, and obtaining a definitive diagnosis for oral lesions that persist for more than two weeks.
- Identify lesions within the mouth and other clinical findings that may be precursors to oral and oropharyngeal cancer.
- Identify the warning signs and symptoms of oral and oropharyngeal cancer.
- Identify the risk factors associated with oral and oropharyngeal cancer that may help isolate behaviours and/or environmental exposures that place patients at greater risk.
- Provide key information to educate at-risk patients about the prevention of oral and oropharyngeal cancer, and train patients how to perform an oral cancer self-examination.
- Perform a head and neck examination to screen patients for potentially premalignant and malignant lesions, and make timely referrals to appropriate HCPs of patients with suspicious lesions.
Collateral Materials & Supplemental Resources
- Differential Diagnosis of White Lesions of the Oral Cavity
- Referral Form: Evaluation of Oral Soft Tissue Lesion
- Screening Patients for Potentially Premalignant and Malignant Lesions: Performing a Head and Neck Examination
- Performing An Oral Cancer Self-Exam: Step-by-Step Instructions
- Suspicious Oral Lesions That Require Prompt Diagnosis