Enhanced Verifiable CPD from the
University of Birmingham

Face Cancer

Oral cancer is self-evidently an important topic for dental teams to know about. Knowledge of skin cancer is equally important, though often overlooked in training. Few get as close to a person’s face on a regular basis as dental teams.

The face is a common area to get skin cancer, as it is much more exposed to the sun than most other parts of the body. 90% of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the ultra-violet rays of the sun. The UV light damages (mutates) the cells' DNA, and some mutations can cause the cells to divide uncontrollably – that is, become cancerous.

The three main cancers of the skin are:

• Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) – by far the commonest

• Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) – about 1 in 5 skin cancers

• Melanoma – rare.

The Face (Skin) Cancer online learning module has clear and concise aims, objectives and anticipated outcomes, listed below. These will appear on the Dentaljuce Enhanced CPD Certificate, along with the time spent, dates, and detailed topics you studied within the module. Certificates can be printed at any time, covering any range of dates. Dentaljuce CPD complies with the UK GDC's requirements for enhanced verifiable continuing professional development.

Your Professional Development Plan (PDP)   
Regulatory authorities recommend that CPD/CE is undertaken based on learning needs that you have identified and entered into your PDP. Some authorities may not accept your CPD as verifiable unless it has been identified in the PDP before you undertake it.

Before starting this module, check that the learning outcomes are what you require, and that you have entered the need into your PDP. Here is an example PDP entry for this module.
What development needs have I? How will I address them? Target completion date Outcomes Date
Completed
Improve my recognition of Skin Cancers Take the Dentaljuce Face (Skin) Cancer module. • Be able to examine a patient for skin cancer
• Know when to refer suspected lesions.
• Understand the Practice duty of care with respect to skin cancer.
What development needs have I? Improve my recognition of Skin Cancers
How will I address them? Take the Dentaljuce Face (Skin) Cancer module.
Target completion date
Outcomes • Be able to examine a patient for skin cancer
• Know when to refer suspected lesions.
• Understand the Practice duty of care with respect to skin cancer.
Date completed


Module Aims and Outcomes   

Aim

The aim of the learning and teaching materials in this Dentaljuce module is to allow learners to develop their professional knowledge, understanding and management skills in face (skin) cancer, in line with their identified personal development requirements.

Module objective
• to teach how to recognise face (skin) cancer and pre-cancer.
• to teach the causes, prevention and management.


Anticipated learning outcomes:
The learner will:
• be able to examine a patient for skin cancer
• know when to refer suspected lesions.
• be able to advise patients about the causes, prevention, and treatments for face (skin) cancer.
• understand the Practice duty of care with respect to face (skin) cancer.
• through achieving these outcomes, provide an improved level of service to their patients.


GDC Principles
This CPD will support the learner in meeting the following GDC principles and the underlying standards:
• P6: Work with colleagues in a way that is in patients’ best interests
• P7: Maintain, develop and work within your professional knowledge and skills


GDC Development Outcomes
This CPD will support the learner in meeting the following GDC Development Outcomes:
• DO C. (Clinical domain) Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice
• DO D. (Professionalism domain) Maintenance of skills, behaviours and attitudes which maintain patient confidence in you and the dental profession and put patients' interests first.

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