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Head and Neck Evaluation of the Dental Patient

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A comprehensive visual and tactile examination may help reveal early signs of oral or tonsillar cancer, thus aiding timely diagnosis and treatment.

After reading this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Describe the role of the conventional visual and tactile examination in screening for oral and tonsillar cancers.
  2. Discuss the percentage of patients who may present with potentially malignant disorders (PMDs) or oral cancer, the number of new oral cancer cases projected in 2018, and the percent of cases diagnosed at an advanced stage.
  3. Explain clinical approaches to assessing, diagnosing and treating PMDs and oral cancer.

This course was issued in the March 2018 issue and expires 3/31/21. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.


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