Last evening Jo-Anne Jones, RDH, gave a seminar with shocking statistics on the rise of oral cancer. From 1998 to 2004, oral cancer rose in Canada by 225%! The lecture covered critical statistical information, the dental professional’s role in early detection. symptoms, critical sites to early detection and extraoral and intraoral examinations. Risk factors, generally attributed to smoking and alcohol use have changed to include age, race and gender. For 2011, oral cancer has incidence and mortality rates which are three times higher than cervical cancer! 75% of Canadians will be affected – Knowledge is your best defence.
More than 60 dental professionals attended the seminar and we were delighted to have Ms. Jones with us.