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Oral Cancer: What We Know and What’s New

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April is oral cancer awareness month, but oral healthcare providers should be aware of oral cancer and precancerous lesions year-round and at every patient visit. This presentation will start by providing a brief overview of the components of a comprehensive extraoral and intraoral examination that are necessary to first identify any lesion or abnormality. Clinical features of suspicious lesions and when to refer and to the appropriate specialists will then be discussed. The presentation will conclude with updates including the latest staging system for oral cancer and new technologies for oral cancer detection.


Course Objectives:

  • Review the comprehensive extraoral and intraoral examination procedure to detect oral lesions
  • Discuss the clinical features of suspicious oral lesions
  • Describe when to refer and the appropriate specialist
  • Provide updates on oral cancer grading and staging
  • Provide an overview of new technologies for detection of oral cancer

About the Presenter

Dr. Sonal S. Shah is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial pathologist and oral medicine specialist with almost 15 years of experience in both academic institutions and private practice. Dr. Shah received her BS in Molecular Biology from the University of Texas at Austin, DDS from UT Houston School of Dentistry and oral pathology specialty certificate from New York Hospital Queens after completing a three-year residency. 

Dr. Shah regularly lectures at numerous professional dental meetings and dental societies. On a more personal level, she enjoys reading, traveling, playing Texas Hold’Em Poker, watching and playing several sports, and spending time with her husband, children, and friends.

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