Oral & Oropharyngeal Cancer Screening for Today’s Population

Oral & Oropharyngeal Cancer Screening
for Today’s Population


  • Member fee: $169.00 + applicable taxes
  • Non-member fee: $339.00 + applicable taxes
  • Student/Graduated Student Member fee: $49.00 + applicable taxes

Course Completion Time:

Approx. 5–6 hours

Note that your access to this course will expire one year from the date of registration; course registration fees are non-refundable and subject to applicable taxes.

Very informative refresher and reminder as to why it is so important to do intraoral/extraoral exams. The course broadened my knowledge and confidence understanding and being able to inform clients on the link between HPV and oral cancer.
- Danielle in Alberta


Will this be the year you save a life?

This course is designed to provide dental hygienists with a clearer understanding of the incidence, mortality, and morbidity of oral and oropharyngeal cancers so that they can effectively transfer this knowledge to their clinical practice and clients.

A call to action from the Chief Dental Officer of Canada validates the integral role dental hygienists play in early discovery of these cancers through opportunistic screening, which can significantly reduce the mortality rate. The course reviews typical risk factors along with the concerning link between human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and oropharyngeal cancer that today’s dental hygienists need to consider. Communication strategies for educating clients on risk prevention and self-examination are highlighted. A systematic approach to assessment, management, and referral is detailed to assist the dental hygienist in practice. A variety of clinical and educational resources accompany the online course.

Successful completion of this course will ensure that dental hygienists possess the necessary knowledge, skills, and clinical judgement to competently perform a comprehensive extraoral and intraoral examination, including the oral cancer screening examination, prepare subsequent documentation, and manage an abnormal finding.

Module 1: Incidence and Mortality of Oral & Oropharyngeal Cancer in Canada

This module focusses on the incidence, mortality, and risk factors related to oral and oropharyngeal cancer. It is designed to elevate awareness of the importance of head and neck examinations, including oral and oropharyngeal cancer screening.

Module 2: The Extraoral Examination

This module provides a systematic overview of the anatomical structures that must be included in the extraoral examination, with attention to landmarking and palpation techniques. Learn to recognize the subtle extraoral signs and symptoms that may accompany oral and oropharyngeal cancer.

Module 3: The Intraoral Examination

This module guides the clinician step-by-step through the performance of an intraoral examination. Intraoral signs of both oral and oropharyngeal cancer are reviewed.

Module 4: Assessment, Management, and Referral

This module translates the knowledge gained from modules 1, 2, and 3 into clinical practice, outlines documentation and client management techniques, and reviews a management pathway decision-making tool for abnormal findings. Adjunctive chairside screening methods and client communication strategies are also presented.

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