FDI and Sunstar will deliver guideline on prevention and management of oral cancer
FDI is partnering with Sunstar to produce a guideline on the management of patients with oral cancer and oral cancer prevention. The guideline will serve as a tool for oral cancer risk assessment at the dental practice and will be released at the 2018 FDI World Dental Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
"Sunstar has been a long-time supporter of FDI’s work and I’m delighted to have them on board for this project. Oral cancer is a disease with high mortality, so understanding treatment options for patients is crucial to improving survival rates. This guideline will certainly be a valuable resource for all dental practitioners."
Kathryn Kell, FDI President
"We are very supportive of FDI’s mission of leading the world to optimal oral health. At Sunstar, we always strive to help people everywhere achieve better health and enhance their quality of life. This collaboration with FDI allows us to bring light to a serious disease and contribute toward its management."
Richard McMahon, President Oral Care Company, Sunstar Group Representative
Need for early detection and timely referral
Oral cancer can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. It may significantly affect any part of the mouth including: lips, gums, tongue, throat, inner lining of the cheeks, roof of the mouth, and floor of the mouth.
It is mostly caused by tobacco and alcohol use, accounting for about 90% of oral cancers, with HPV infection increasingly growing a risk factor. Oral cancer is among the 10 most common cancers. An estimated 300,000 to 70,000 new cases occur every year.
Oral health professionals are in a strong position to screen high-risk patients for early signs of oral cancer. Thorough and routine oral examination should be regularly and carefully undertaken by every dentist for all their patients. Timely referral to multi-disciplinary treatment factors is a key factor in determining patient outcomes.
Sunstar is a major player in the oral care market with distribution in over 90 countries around the world. Its products are sold under various brands, including G.U.M., GUIDOR, Butler, and Ora2, and the company was a pioneer in adopting the ‘mouth and body’ message to educate people on the connection between oral health and general health. Sunstar was founded in 1932 as a manufacturer and seller of rubber glue for bicycle inner tubes. Over the past several decades, it evolved into a diversified organization well beyond oral health. Today, Sunstar’s mission is to provide unique, useful, and attractive products and services that help people achieve and maintain health, beauty, comfort and safety.