Mouth Cancer - Is Your Dental Practice Doing Their Bit? Tip 1

June 22, 2015

Did you know that more than half of oral cancer cases have metastasised at the time of detection? That means that the 5 year survival rate is less than 50% for tongue and floor of mouth cancers (BDA, 2011). Shocking statistics, particularly as these are the cancers that dental teams are most likely to see!

Over the following 12 days, I am going to give you 12 hot tips to help you ensure that your dental practice and your team are safeguarding their professional obligation to screen for oral cancer early.

TIP 1 - Have a Management Strategy for Oral Cancer in Your Practice.

A strategy is a plan and objectives within the plan ensure that you achieve the end goal. In this case, your plan should be to save lives by detecting oral cancer early. Your objectives should include robust screening for every patient, talking to and educating your patients about the disease and training your team to deliver an oral cancer service. The end goal is that every team member is confident in their role within your oral cancer service, that your patients can see that you are safeguarding their oral and systemic health and very importantly that you are meeting your duty of care to do so.

If you want to know more about how to implement an oral cancer service in your practice, go to