Oral cancer chairside guide now available online

05 September 2018 Oral cancer

Oral cancer: Prevention and patient management

The chairside guide Oral Cancer: Prevention and Patient Management was recently released to coincide with the start of the FDI World Dental Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The chairside guide offers practical guidance on oral cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment to oral health professionals. It is available in several languages.

Oral cancer is a type of head and neck cancer and is any cancerous tissue growth in the oral cavity. About 500,000 new cases of oral and oropharyngeal cancers are diagnosed annually, three-quarters of which occur in the developing world. FDI is committed to reducing the oral disease burden and improving oral health outcomes worldwide.

In line with its mission to lead the world to optimal oral health, FDI developed the chairside guide to prevent, promptly diagnose and treat oral cancer. FDI recognizes that oral health professionals play an important role in combating oral cancer. The purpose of this informative tool is to provide oral health professionals and patients with concise, yet comprehensive, information about oral cancer prevention, risk factors and management, as well as to guide clinical examination and diagnosis through a decision tree. The chairside guide focuses on the most common sites of oral cancer: the tongue, the insides of the cheeks, and the floor of the mouth.

The Oral Cancer: Prevention and Patient Management chairside guide was launched by FDI and Sunstar to facilitate early detection and swift treatment of oral cancer. Survival rates for oral cancer can be improved through early detection. Therefore, it is essential that oral health professionals such as dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists and oral health therapists understand the importance of conducting a thorough oral screening examination for malignant and potentially malignant lesions as part of their routine clinical assessments, even in younger populations considered at lower risk for oral cancer. The chairside guide encourages and facilitates the integration of this examination into routine dental check-ups.

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