Category: Mouth (Oral) cancer

There are about 530 cases of oral cancer diagnosed per year in Scotland. This is twice the rate found in England and Wales. Between 1990 and 1999 the number of new cases in Scotland has increased by 43%.  Smoking and alchol  use and a diet low in fresh fruit and vegetables increase the risk of oral cancer with as many as 80% of case of oral cancer being linked to smoking.  Stopping smoking and reducing alcohol intake are key factors in preventing oral cancer.

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SDCEP Dental Companion

The Dental Companion, by the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP), delivers easy mobile access to SDCEP’s evidence-based guidance via Google Play, iTunes or the web.

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Oral Cancer: Prevention and detection

This website from the Glasgow Dental School provides a very useful resource on oral cancer and detection for primary care professionals.  It contains:- Introduction The role of primary health care professionals What is oral cancer? How common is oral cancer? Oral cancer mortality Oral cancer aetiology Oral cancer quiz Prevention of oral cancer Clinical presentation…

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Oral health assessment and review

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This guidance document aims to facilitate the move from a restorative approach to patient care to a preventive and long-term approach that is risk-based and meets the specific needs of individual patients. It also aims to encourage the involvement of patients in managing their own oral health. A  ‘ Guidance in Brief ‘ document incorporates…

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British Dental Health Foundation

The British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) is an independent charity (not for profit) dedicated to improving oral health and well-being around the world. The BDHF was established in 1971  and two of its high profile campaigns are:- Mouth Cancer Action Month National Smile Month The founding fathers of the British Dental Health Foundation wished to…

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Diagnosis and management of head and neck cancer – SIGN 90

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The guideline follows the patient’s journey of care from prevention and awareness through  treatment to follow up and rehabilitation, making generic recommendations which hold for all  head and neck cancers. The treatment sections focus specifically on cancers of the larynx, oral cavity, oropharynx and hypopharynx, as these are the tumour sites with the highest incidences.…

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Service guidance on improving outcomes in head and neck cancers

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The guidance recommends which healthcare professionals should be involved in treatment and care, and the types of hospital or cancer centre that are best suited to provide that healthcare. The key recommendations are: Cancer networks should decide which hospitals will diagnose, treat and care for patients Multidisciplinary teams should be responsible for every patient Clear…

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Oral Cancer

This needs assessment on oral cancer was conducted in 1996 . There have been considerable changes since then  so teh report is included for interest. Download a copy of the report

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