Oral cancer is self-evidently an important topic for dental teams to know about, but knowledge of skin cancer is equally important, though often overlooked in training.
Few professionals get as close to a person’s face on a regular basis as dental teams, placing them in an ideal position to notice changes or abnormalities in skin health.
The face, and the top of the head in bald individuals, is a common area for skin cancer, largely due to its increased exposure to the sun compared to other parts of the body. Around 90% of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the ultra-violet rays of the sun, which can damage (mutate) the cells' DNA. Some of these mutations may cause the cells to divide uncontrollably and become cancerous.
- The course begins with an overview of the structure of normal skin, setting a foundation for understanding pathological changes. We then look into specific conditions, including Actinic Keratosis, a precursor to cancer, and Seborrheic Keratosis, a benign condition, aiding in differential diagnosis.
- The course then covers the most common types of skin cancers: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Malignant Melanoma, providing detailed insights into their characteristics, risk factors, and manifestations.
- We also include the less common types like Kaposi's sarcoma and Merkel-cell carcinoma: this ensures a thorough understanding of skin-related malignancies.
Interactive self-assessment modules reinforce learning, while exam pass notes and opportunities for reflection enhance the overall educational experience.
If you're not yet a member of Dentaljuce, we highly recommend you to join and gain access to our comprehensive course on face (skin) cancer.
This course, along with over 100 other CPD courses, is available for a single membership payment.
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.
- to teach how to recognise face (skin) cancer and pre-cancer.
- to teach the causes, prevention and management.
Anticipated learning outcomes:The learner will, with respect to the components that he or she has elected to study as listed below:
- 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 Development Outcomes
This CPD will support the learner in meeting the following GDC Development Outcome(s): C, D.