Thursday, March 22, 2018

ADA Meeting in Honolulu Encourage Members to Get on Track with Head and Neck Cancer in Series at ADA 2018

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Oral and pharyngeal cancer is a scourge that needs to be eradicated.  Globally nearly 500,000 individuals will be diagnosed with this disease in 2018.  More than half of those individuals will die within 5 years.  Those that survive may very well suffer disfiguring surgeries that leave them, literally, with scars and injuries that are social and life changing.  To help find the disease earlier and with greater accuracy, the ADA is offering courses at this year’s meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Here is info on this from the ADA News.  Make plans to attend at least one of these courses and help change the world.

A head and neck cancer track at ADA 2018 – America's Dental Meeting offers dental professionals ways to learn about their role in cancer screening, biopsy and management.

A course offered at two different times during meeting in Honolulu will help clinicians learn to deliver a complete oral cancer exam, perform simple biopsies in office and identify when to perform biopsies and when to refer. Simple Biopsy Techniques for the GP or Specialist will be held 7-10 a.m. (5204) and also 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (5214) on Oct. 18. Dr. Robert Convissar, director of laser dentistry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital of Queens, will lead the courses. 

Another course targets hygienists. What's New in Oral Cancer Screening? A Workshop for Dental Hygienists is scheduled for two different times — 7-10 a.m. (5222) and 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (5223) on Oct. 18.  Dr. Mark Lingen, a dentist with a Ph.D., a professor of pathology at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, and JoAnn Gurenlian, Ph.D., a hygienist, professor and graduate program director at Idaho State University will lead the course. 

Dr. Lingen and Dr. Theresa Hofstede, associate professor in the department of head and neck surgery in the division of surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, will lead the course Oral Cancer Screening and Radiotherapy Morbidity Management (6822). 

Participants will learn to conduct a comprehensive visual tactile exam and differential diagnosis of common oral lesions; discuss findings of ADA oral cancer screening guidelines; and define the role of dental professionals in identifying and managing radiotherapy related morbidities. This course is scheduled for 11:30 a.m- 2 p.m. Oct. 19.

Registration for ADA 2018 is open. To register for these courses or learn more about the meeting, visit 

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