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Get on track with head and neck cancer in series at ADA 2018

March 19, 2018 Honolulu — A head and neck cancer track at ADA 2018 – America's Dental Meeting offers dental professionals ways to learn about their role in cancer screening, biopsy and management.

ADA 2018 Annual MeetingA course offered at two different times during meeting in Honolulu will help clinicians learn to deliver a complete oral cancer exam, perform simple biopsies in office and identify when to perform biopsies and when to refer. Simple Biopsy Techniques for the GP or Specialist will be held 7-10 a.m. (5204) and also 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (5214) on Oct. 18. Dr. Robert Convissar, director of laser dentistry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital of Queens, will lead the courses.

Another course targets hygienists. What's New in Oral Cancer Screening? A Workshop for Dental Hygienists is scheduled for two different times — 7-10 a.m. (5222) and 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (5223) on Oct. 18.  Dr. Mark Lingen, a dentist with a Ph.D., a professor of pathology at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, and JoAnn Gurenlian, Ph.D., a hygienist, professor and graduate program director at Idaho State University will lead the course.

Dr. Lingen and Dr. Theresa Hofstede, associate professor in the department of head and neck surgery in the division of surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, will lead the course Oral Cancer Screening and Radiotherapy Morbidity Management (6822).

Participants will learn to conduct a comprehensive visual tactile exam and differential diagnosis of common oral lesions; discuss findings of ADA oral cancer screening guidelines; and define the role of dental professionals in identifying and managing radiotherapy related morbidities. This course is scheduled for 11:30 a.m- 2 p.m. Oct. 19.

Registration for ADA 2018 is open. To register for these courses or learn more about the meeting, visit