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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin July 2011
15 July 2011 committee report The information you need is now at your fingertips! Support the ADA’s new membership service. Visit Dental Trade Online regularly to fully understand its potential and view its growth. Register for eNews Why GOOGLE? Find what you want quickly and easily at: www.dentaltradeonline.com.au While there DTO-Ad-A5.indd 1 14/05/10 12:11 PM Fig 2. Patient with oral squamous cell carcinoma and poor dental history. Is oral cancer screening therefore feasible in the dental office? Clearly, more research is needed. However, argument can potentially be made that provided dentists see the high risk population, the answer is, yes. It is certainly important that dentists continue to undertake conventional oral soft tissue examinations of all patients. However, if oral cancer screening is to have a significant impact on decreasing oral cancer mortality and morbidity in Australia, more should be done to ensure that dental care is easily accessible to all individuals, particularly to those that need the screening most, i.e., individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and at high risk of oral cancer. Accepting that high risk individuals may not see the dentist regularly, every high risk patient attending the dental office, irrespective of nature of the consultation sought, should undergo comprehensive oral soft tissue examination as no opportunity of early cancer detection should be missed in this patient group. Finally, more should be done by the dental profession to educate patients about the signs and symptoms of oral cancer such that the problem of patient delay in seeking treatment, at least in part, may be addressed. ACKnOWLEdGEMEnT I would like to thank Mr Dennis Barnden, School of Dentistry, University of Western Australia, for the clinical photography. Agnieszka Frydrych School of Dentistry University of Western Australia On behalf of the Oral Health Committee REfEREnCES References supplied by the author are available on request from email@example.com
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