Differential diagnosis of pre-malignant oral lesions and Early detection and prevention of oral squamous cell carcinoma: Quo Vadis
An ACDE Series Webinar

Course Description:

Oral cancer is one of the most treatable of the major cancers when discovered and treated early. Yet oral cancer (the sixth most common cancer in the world) is the only major cancer who’s incidence is rising when all other cancers are declining.  Dental professionals are uniquely positioned to screen patients and detect oral cancer in its early, treatable stage. The identification of both oral cancer as well as precancerous lesions and how best to examine for and diagnosis them is presented. Although the gold standard for diagnosis is a biopsy and histopathology, new diagnostic adjunctive imaging technologies, as well as developing genetic and proteomic biomarkers hold promise for earlier detection.

This lecture provides a review  and update of the topic and practical recommendations for: the role of screening asymptomatic patients in the dental office; use of adjunctive technologies for disclosing and marking lesions; and recommendations for action when suspicious lesions are found.  This lecture provides a brief review of the current state and research on early detection technologies.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Review the epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical presentation of oral cancer as well as pre- cancerous lesions
  2. Present evidences- based clinical techniques for examining and detecting oral cancer as well as pre- cancerous lesions
  3. Familiarize professionals with the latest techniques in oral screening, both aided and unaided.
  4. Assist practitioners in communicating the need for oral cancer screening to their patients.

Meet the Speaker: Dr. Nelson L. Rhodus

NELSON L RHODUS, DMD, MPH, FICD, FAAOM, FRCSEd, Diplomate American Board of Oral Medicine,  is a Morse Distinguished Professor and Director of the Division of Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis and Radiology in the Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences in the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry .  He is also an Adjunct Professor of Otolaryngology in the Medical School and an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health . He is a Diplomate, examiner and past President of  the American Board of Oral Medicine, He is also past President of the American Academy of Oral Medicine. He is an inductee in the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center Academy of Excellence and the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and the University of Minnesota Scholar’s Walk of Fame. He is a Fellow in the International College of Dentists and of the American College of Dentists and a Fellow in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is an Attending member of the Minnesota Masonic Cancer  Center and the Hospital Staff of the University of Minnesota  Hospital and Clinics, a consultant to the US Navy Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center.

Dr. Rhodus directs several oral medicine courses and has been awarded “Professor of the year ” for fourteen years and is a recipient the School of Dentistry Century Club Professor of the Year . He has been active in faculty governance and served in many capacities in the University Senate for over 27 years.

Dr. Rhodus has been active with the American Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Association having served on several committees and the editorial board and has been selected often as Best Dentist by Minnesota Monthly and Top Dentist-USA.             

Dr. Rhodus has been active in basic and clinical research for over 38 years and he has published over three hundred- eighty refereed scientific papers and abstracts. His H index is 40 and his research has been cited over 5000 times. He has presented over seven-hundred lectures and courses throughout the United States and abroad. He is on the medical advisory board for the National Oral Cancer Foundation and the National Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation. He is an editor of the Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology.  He co-authors two textbooks: DENTAL MANAGEMENT OF THE MEDICALLY COMPROMISED PATIENT (10ed.) and OROFACIAL DISORDERS.

Registration Information

  • Zoom Webinar
  • Lecture
  • 1.5 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $59

Hosting University

WEBINAR CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refunds will be issued to registrants who cancel their registration no later than 48 hours before the course starting date/time. A 50% refund will be issued to registrants who cancel 48-24 hours before the course starting date/time. No refunds will be issued for registrants who does not login to the webinar or who cancels within 24 hours of the course starting date/time. Participants may phone the Continuing Education office to cancel, but a written request which includes the name and phone number of the person who paid for the course must be received by our office before a refund can be processed. This request can be emailed to ce@dental.ufl.edu.