- Oral Cancer
- Dentist / RDH
- Six-Step Screening
- Book Eva to Speak
Compiled by Hillel Ephros, DMD, MD
Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Academic Fellow, American Academy of Oral Medicine
Dentists should be able to:
1. The stakes: dentists should be able to articulate the differences between the survival and quality of life for the typical stage III or IV patient and for an individual whose oral cancer is detected in its earliest stages.
2. The risk factors: dentists should be able to list the major risk factors for oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCCA).
3. The high risk sites: dentists should be able to describe the high risk sites for oral SCCA in the USA.
4. The earliest appearance: dentists should be able to identify suspicious lesions.
5. Diagnosis: dentists should be able to discuss diagnostic techniques.
6. Responsibility: dentists should be able to identify who is responsible for diagnosing early squamous cell carcinoma (SCCA)
7. Treatment: dentists should be able to describe how oral cancer patients are treated
8. Complications: dentists should be able to discuss complications of the disease and its treatment
9. Behavior: dentists should be able to discuss methods for influencing the behavior of their patients
10. Demographics and racial disparities: dentists should be able to describe the subpopulations at elevated risk and the huge disparities between the races regarding oral cancer
Cancer Prevention and Treatment: The Dental Hygienists Role (PDF, 166K)
Article by Cathy Draper, RDH, MS
Access Magazine, Nov 2010
Failure to Diagnose and Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer: Medicolegal Issues, JADA 2009 (PDF, 223K)
Oropharyngeal Cancer Epidemic and Human Papillomavirus, Emerging Infectious Diseases, www.cdc.gov/eid, Vol. 16, No. 11, November 2010 (PDF, 307K)
Can Saliva-Based HPV Tests Establish Cancer Risk and Guide Patient Management? Mark W. Lingen, DDS, PhD Section Editor, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, September 2010 (PDF, 264K)
Human Papillomavirus and Survival of Patients with Oropharyngeal Cancer, the New England Journal of Medicine, July 2010
AAOM Clinician’s Guide by A. Ross Kerr, David Lederman, Hillel Ephros. A concise education on early detection of oral cancer. Includes detailed photographs. Downloadable version of the AAOM Clinician’s Guide.
Issue of the OMS Clinics of North America, guest edited by Hillel Ephros, DMD, MD. Contributions from a wide variety of clinicians on psychological issues in dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Includes a chapter by Albert Wu and his Johns Hopkins’ associates about how to talk with patients and families when adverse outcomes occur. Another chapter deals with end of life issues and focuses on ethical questions related to advanced oral cancer.
For more information visit the Oral Cancer Foundation.