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Oral Cancer and More: Focusing on Early Detection

Registration is now open for the WSDA Academy Course "Oral Cancer and More: Focusing on Early Detection" with Dr. Dolphine Oda on Wednesday, May 10. Members 0-10 years out of dental school or residency may attend for free!

Oral Cancer and More: Focusing on Early Detection
Speaker: Dr. Dolphine Oda

Course Details
Wednesday, May 10, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
WSDA Office, Seattle
CE Credits: 3
Complimentary dinner included

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Course Description
This is a three-hour course focusing on the clinical presentation, etiology, and early detection of oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Enthusiastic, informative, and applicable, the course introduces the clinicians to the very early signs of oral SCC, providing tools to think through each lesion with defined criteria. It emphasizes that the clinical presentation of oral SCC varies with etiology; that is, the clinical signs and symptoms of tobacco-associated oral SCC are different from those of HPV- or lichen planus-associated oral SCC. This course will cover the full range of oral SCC types and will provide a differential diagnosis with every topic. In addition to covering different types of SCC, the course will also cover chronic immune-mediated diseases, gingival swellings and metastatic cancer to the oral cavity. Clinicians will leave this program with essential information that they can directly apply to improving their everyday practice of diagnosing oral diseases.
Educational Objectives

  • Differentiate between benign and malignant red and white lesions and single ulcers
  • Differentiate between the clinical presentation of oral SCC based on etiology
  • Learn about lichen planus, lichenoid mucositis and their potential for transformation
  • Learn about oral diseases that can be mistaken for oral SCC
  • Learn about single gingival swellings; benign or malignant
  • Learn about the clinical presentation of metastatic cancers to the oral cavity
  • Formulate applied differential diagnosis specific to each disease

Speaker Bio
Dolphine Oda is Professor of Oral Pathology in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the School of Dentistry, University of Washington, and the director of the UW’s Oral Pathology Biopsy Service. Dr. Oda is on the medical staff at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. In 2013, she was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Oral Cancer Foundation for over 30 years of service to oral cancer patients. In 2009, she was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award, the UW's highest honor for outstanding teaching, and has been awarded an additional 29 teaching awards within the School of Dentistry. Dr. Oda’s research interests include molecular changes in oral carcinogenesis and HPV and oral cancer. She has 73 papers published in refereed journals and publishes a popular monthly column called Case of the Month. Dr. Oda is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and holds a Washington State dental license. She is also a member of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, the International Association of Oral Pathologists, and USCAP.

What is the WSDA Academy? 
Created by new dentists for new dentists, the WSDA Academy provides complimentary continuing education classes for WSDA members 0-10 years out of dental school or their specialty program. 

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