Article: Volume 46 Number 8 Page 722 - September 2019

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  Dent Update 2019; 46: 722-729

Oral surgery:  Head and Neck Cancer Part 1: Diagnosis and Classification

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Abstract: Head and neck cancer is a group of cancers that affects the oropharynx, nasopharynx, laryngopharynx and neck. With improving survival rates for patients, general dental practitioners (GDPs) are becoming increasingly likely to engage in the care of affected patients. Therefore, a sound clinical knowledge of the aetiology, treatment and rehabilitation for head and neck cancer is essential for all practitioners who may be involved in the care pathways for such patients.

Clinical relevance: This paper provides an update on the prevalence, risk factors, diagnosis and classification of head and neck cancer.

Author notes: Oliver Jones, BDS(Hons), PGCert(MedEd), Dental Core Trainee, Stephanie Hackett, BDS(Hons), PGCert(MedEd), Dental Core Trainee, (email: ojones1311@icloud.com) Despoina Chatzistavrianou, Specialty Registrar in Restorative Dentistry, Specialist in Prosthodontics, DDS MFDS RCSEd, MClinDent Pro, MPros RCSEd and David Newsum, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, BDS, MFD RCS, MSc, MRCPS, MRD RCSEd, FDS(Rest Dent) RCSEd, Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK.

Objective: To provide an update on the prevalence, risk factors, diagnosis and classification of head and neck cancer. Enhanced CPD DO C