Oral cavity and lip cancer – risk factors, pathogenesis, and prevention

Expiry Date
: 30/11/2025
CPD Units
: 3.00 Points
: 4/4

Emerging insights into risk factors, development, and prevention of oral cancers

Keywords: Oral cancer, aetiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, precancerous lesions, biomarkers, prevention, treatment

Reading material:

Educational Objectives

Educational Aim:
The aim of this article is to discuss the risk factors, pathogenesis, and some of the new strategies for prevention of oral cancer.

Editor's comments:
Oral cavity and lip cancer is a significant public health problem in South Africa resulting in morbidity and mortality. Prevalence is characterised by age, ethnic, gender, socio-economic and regional variation. The prevalence of oral cancer in young subjects (<45 years) in South Africa is higher than the global average and not always associated with traditional risk factors. Oral cavity and lip cancer is a lethal disease for over 50% of cases diagnosed annually. More than 90% of oral cancers are oral squamous cell carcinoma. Most cancers of the lip and oral cavity are preventable.

Educational Outcomes:
Upon completion of this module practitioners should have a clear understanding of:

  1. Risk factors associated with oral cancer.

  2. Role of the oral microbiome and inflammation in cancer development.
  3. Diagnosis of precancerous lesions
  4. Cancer prevention strategies.

Instructions for this Module

  • Read the supplied reading material and complete the quiz that follows;
  • You have three attempts to pass the quiz;
  • The pass grade is 70%;
  • You need to pass the quiz to claim your CPD certificate;
  • Please click on the CPD certificate link below to claim your CPD certificate and to update your CPD Manager.

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