Oral Cancer Detection
Dental hygienists play a unique role in early oral cancer detection by routinely providing examinations and educating patients about self-examination and risk factors.
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:
- Discuss the demographics of patient populations most likely to develop oral cancer.
- Identify the risk factors for cancers of the head and neck.
- Demonstrate the appropriate method to clinically examine the oral cavity for precancerous and cancerous lesions.
- Distinguish the clinical characteristics of noncancerous, precancerous, and cancerous lesions.
This course was published in the August 2016 issue and expires August 2019. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.