Dr Karishma Vijay Vijan, BDS (Mum) MSc in aesthetic & restorative dentistry (UK), ff: IDA, IAACD, BACD, AAACD, consultant specialist and private practitioner
Oral cancer ranks as 8th most common cancer in the world among men and the 14th among women, accounting for nearly 3% of all cancers worldwide. Oral cancer is particularly alarming as in its early stage it is usually painless , asymptomatic and may not come to attention of the patient. Based on the data collected in 2011. oral cancer when detected in stage 1 , shows recovery rate between 80-90%.Such a goal could be achieved by increasing public awareness about the importance of regular oral screening or careful screening to identify small, otherwise asymptomatic cancers and pre-cancers and use of diagnostic aids that could help the dentist assess persistent oral lesions of uncertain biologic significance. This paper intends to provide guidance about the appropriate use of oral cancer screening techniques and to help dentists make informed decisions about screening for oral cancer in practice, which will eventually be used to facilitate clinical decision- making.
- To master the steps in systematic visual examination of oral mucosa
- To grasp the clinical techniques for detailed evaluation of oral lesion
- To identify and exercise the use and credibility of adjunctive screening tools
- To specialize in light-based screening adjunct methods of oral cancer detection
- To be well-versed in current gold standard for assessment and diagnosis by performing biopsy and histopathological analysis