Free oral cancer toolkit for dental professionals with CPD
We have developed an oral cancer toolkit in partnership with Cancer Research UK, to help dental health professionals identify and refer possible cases of oral cancer.
The toolkit includes information on the signs to look out for, how to respond, as well as possible risk factors and includes a CPD quiz, with 3 hours of verifiable CPD.
Tackling the high rates of oral cancer in Scotland
Scotland has seen an increase in the incidence of oral and oropharyngeal cancers in the last 30 years and head and neck cancer incidence rates are significantly higher in Scotland than the UK average.
BDA Scotland's working group on oral cancers, chaired by Dr David Cross, has produced a resource pack for dentists and dental care professionals; this includes advice on how to carry out an examination of the mouth, oropharynx and neck for cancer, what lesions to refer, and an up-to-date guide on how to access OMFS services.
Campaigning for gender-netural HPV vaccinations
Alongside HPV Action
, we campaigned for an extension of the HPV vaccine programme to include school-aged boys.
We welcomed the Government's announcement in July 2018, that all 12 and 13-year-olds in England will be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Devolved administrations in Wales and Scotland were quick to commit to expansion of their vaccination programmes, which currently just cover 12-13 year old girls, to boys following recommendations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). We still await England and Northern Ireland to follow suit.
Getting involved: take action!
Each year, we encourage dentists and their teams to take part in the Oral Health Foundation's Mouth Cancer Action Month
to raise awareness of mouth cancer with your patients.
We are keen to hear what you are doing to help raise awareness throughout the year, and we'd love to hear about any cases of oral cancer you have detected. Please email and let us know
if you have detected a case, or let us know what you've been doing in your practice.