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News / August 16, 2011

Prepare for Mouth Cancer Awareness Day

by Guy Hiscott

The Munster branch of the Irish Dental Association, in conjunction with Cork University Dental School and Hospital, is offering a preparation course for National Mouth Cancer Awareness Day.

The free-of-charge event, to be hosted by Dr Eleanor O’Sullivan and Dr Christine McCreary, will take place at the Cork University Hospital Lecture Theatre on Wednesday 14 September between 730pm and 9.30pm.
The aim of the evening is to ensure that all general dental practitioners feel confident in their ability to participate fully in National Mouth Cancer Awareness Day.

Having attended this lecture, participants should be able to:
• Discuss the aims and potential benefits of the forthcoming Awareness Day
• Organise a successful Mouth Cancer Screening Awareness Day in their own practice, including completion of documentation (consent forms and screening forms), staff utilisation and onward referral process where required
* Be prepared to answer any questions about head and neck cancer members of the public may ask
* Feel confident in their ability to perform a thorough extra-oral and intra-oral examination
* Identify benign, premalignant and malignant lesions oral lesions and conditions the GDP may encounter in practice
* Discuss the differential diagnosis, management and appropriate referral of any lesions encountered.

There will be opportunities for discussions and demonstrations following the lecture.
Mouth Cancer Awareness Day is a national initiative aimed at raising the understanding of this cancer and encouraging as many patients as possible, especially high-risk patients, to attend a dental practitioner for advice and examination.

For further details, please contact Catherine Nevin, Cork University Dental School & Hospital, Wilton, Cork; email:; tel: 021 490 1294