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Course # 50771 • Skin Cancers

Overview

The key to reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with skin cancers is prevention and early detection. Dental professionals involved in the care of adults and children are in a unique position to routinely evaluate patients for skin cancer as well as to educate their patients about self-examination and preventive measures. This course provides an overview of the various types of nonmelanoma and melanoma skin cancers, including a description of the populations at high risk for these cancers and the criteria for distinguishing between benign and malignant melanomas. The course also includes details on diagnostic techniques, treatment options, prognosis, and follow-up care. The importance of patient education pertaining to proper preventive measures and the current recommendations concerning screening are also highlighted.

Education Category: Medical / Surgical

Release Date: 03/01/2016

Expiration Date: 02/28/2019

Audience

This course is designed for dental professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge about the prevention, screening, and diagnosis of nonmelanoma skin cancers and melanoma.

Accreditations/Approvals

NetCE is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship/Mastership, and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 10/1/2015 to 9/30/2021. Provider ID 217994. AGD Subject Code 149. NetCE is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/cerp. NetCE is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Dentistry, Provider #50-2405. NetCE is a Registered Provider with the Dental Board of California. Provider Number RP3841. Completion of this course does not constitute authorization for the attendee to perform any services that he or she is not legally authorized to perform based on his or her license or permit type.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this activity for 5 continuing education credits. This course meets the Dental Board of California's requirements for 5 unit(s) of continuing education. Dental Board of California course #05-3841-19192.

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to enhance knowledge about the clinical presentation of skin cancers in order to help dental healthcare providers detect skin cancer and make appropriate referrals early, when treatment is most successful.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the etiology and epidemiology of skin cancers.
  2. Discuss the role of UV radiation in the development of nonmelanomas and melanomas.
  3. Describe the clinical features, treatment, and prognosis of basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas.
  4. Describe the clinical features, treatment, and appropriate follow-up care of melanoma.
  5. Outline skin cancer screening guidelines.
  6. Discuss effective preventive measures for skin cancers, including resources to educate patients about skin cancers and prevention.

Faculty

Lori L. Alexander, MTPW, ELS, MWC, is President of Editorial Rx, Inc., which provides medical writing and editing services on a wide variety of clinical topics and in a range of media. A medical writer and editor for more than 30 years, Ms. Alexander has written for both professional and lay audiences, with a focus on continuing education materials, medical meeting coverage, and educational resources for patients. She is the Editor Emeritus of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) Journal, the peer-review journal representing the largest association of medical communicators in the United States. Ms. Alexander earned a Master’s degree in technical and professional writing, with a concentration in medical writing, at Northeastern University, Boston. She has also earned certification as a life sciences editor and as a medical writer.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Lori L. Alexander, MTPW, ELS, MWC, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

William E. Frey, DDS, MS, FICD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

About the Sponsor

The purpose of NetCE is to provide challenging curricula to assist healthcare professionals to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.

Our contributing faculty members have taken care to ensure that the information and recommendations are accurate and compatible with the standards generally accepted at the time of publication. The publisher disclaims any liability, loss or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents. Participants are cautioned about the potential risk of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into practice.

Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of NetCE not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

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