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Howard County Dental Association is pleased to offer the following continuing education course:  


Merriweather Lake House
10209 Wincopin Circle | Columbia
6:00 p.m.  Happy Hour & Networking
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Dinner & Lecture
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The Dentist's Role in Early Diagnosis & 
Management of Oral Cavity Cancer

featuring Ritika Agrawal, BDS, MDS, FHNSO

2 CE  Credits - AGD 730 Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology

Course Description:

Oral cavity cancers have a low 5-year survival rate. According to American Cancer society, about 54,000 new cases of oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer were recorded in 2022 with 11, 230 deaths. Early detection of oral cavity cancers could highly reduce the mortality and morbidity associated with this disease. 


The evidence-based review of topics including but not limited to evaluation of a patient with suspicious oral mucosal lesion in the dental clinic, clinical presentation of oral cavity cancers, referral in a timely manner, early biopsy techniques as the gold standard for diagnosis and reflecting light on the newer advances in the field of early detection will be discussed during the course. 


The primary goal and objective of the course is development of an understanding of various methods and clinical signs that can be used by primary oral healthcare professionals for earlier detection of potentially precancerous or malignant lesions of the oral cavity. This will significantly reduce the mortality rate associated with this disease by curbing the late-stage presentation to the various referral centers for definitive treatment.

Course Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Evaluation of a patient with suspicious oral mucosal lesion in the dental clinic

  • Early diagnosis of oral cancer and advantages

  • The clinical presentation of oral cavity cancers

  • Role of a dentist in the treatment of oral cancer

  • Patient Education, Prevention, Referral for oral cavity cancers

  • Newer advances and use of artificial intelligence in early diagnosis of oral cavity cancers.

About our speaker:

Ritika Agrawal, BDS, MDS, FHNSO

Dr. Agrawal is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with fellowship training in Head and Neck Oncology. She is currently a Clinical Faculty member at the University of Maryland, School of Dentistry's Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery where she is involved in the predoctoral and resident clinics, teaching them an array of oral surgical procedures. She has over 10 years of experience in the field establishing herself as a clinician, surgeon, teacher, and researcher.

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