Jessie Tucker and Holly Christmas flew to Christchurch for the Dental Expo South this week- an industry expo showing all the latest technologies and equipment, with various speakers providing continuing education. A stand out topic today was with Professor Anita Nolan regarding oral cancers. Oral Cancer is the fourth most common malignancy in New Zealand with on average 350 cases and 130 deaths per year.
Professor Nolan covered the various risk factors including smoking, alcohol, betel nut chewing, radiation, previous oral cancer, nutrition, sunlight, viruses especially HPV, poor oral hygiene, socio-economic deprivation, medications, immuno-suppression, marijuana and trauma. Some cancers are preceeded by clinically obvious malignant disorders and changes in your oral mucosa ...