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Continuing Dental Education

Differential diagnosis of pre-malignant oral lesions and Early detection and prevention of oral squamous cell carcinoma: Quo Vadis – a live webinar

Nelson L. Rhodus, DMD, MPH, FICD, FAAOM, FRCSEd

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This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series.


This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series*

Course Description

Oral cancer is one of the most treatable of the major cancers when discovered and treated early. Yet oral cancer (the sixth most common cancer in the world) is the only major cancer whose incidence is rising when all other cancers are declining. Dental professionals are uniquely positioned to screen patients and detect oral cancer in its early, treatable stage. The identification of both oral cancer as well as precancerous lesions and how best to examine for and diagnosis them is presented. Although the gold standard for diagnosis is a biopsy and histopathology, new diagnostic adjunctive imaging technologies, as well as developing genetic and proteomic biomarkers hold promise for earlier detection.

This lecture provides a review and update of the topic and practical recommendations for: the role of screening asymptomatic patients in the dental office; use of adjunctive technologies for disclosing and marking lesions; and recommendations for action when suspicious lesions are found. This lecture provides a brief review of the current state and research on early detection technologies.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course you should be able to:

  • Review the epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical presentation of oral cancer as well as pre-cancerous lesions
  • Present evidences- based clinical techniques for examining and detecting oral cancer as well as pre-cancerous lesions
  • Familiarize professionals with the latest techniques in oral screening, both aided and unaided
  • Assist practitioners in communicating the need for oral cancer screening to their patients.


Dr. Nelson L. RhodusNelson L. Rhodus Diplomate American Board of Oral Medicine, is a Morse Distinguished Professor and Director of the Division of Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis and Radiology in the Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences in the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Otolaryngology in the Medical School and an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health. He is a Diplomate, examiner and past President of the American Board of Oral Medicine, He is also past President of the American Academy of Oral Medicine. He is an inductee in the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center Academy of Excellence and the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and the University of Minnesota Scholar’s Walk of Fame. He is a Fellow in the International College of Dentists and of the American College of Dentists and a Fellow in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is an Attending member of the Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center and the Hospital Staff of the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics, a consultant to the US Navy Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center.

Dr. Rhodus directs several oral medicine courses and has been awarded “Professor of the year ” for fourteen years and is a recipient the School of Dentistry Century Club Professor of the Year . He has been active in faculty governance and served in many capacities in the University Senate for over 27 years.

Dr. Rhodus has been active with the American Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Association having served on several committees and the editorial board and has been selected often as Best Dentist by Minnesota Monthly and Top Dentist-USA.

Dr. Rhodus has been active in basic and clinical research for over 38 years and he has published over three hundred- eighty refereed scientific papers and abstracts. His H index is 40 and his research has been cited over 5000 times. He has presented over seven-hundred lectures and courses throughout the United States and abroad. He is on the medical advisory board for the National Oral Cancer Foundation and the National Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation. He is an editor of the Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology. He co-authors two textbooks: DENTAL MANAGEMENT OF THE MEDICALLY COMPROMISED PATIENT (10ed.) and OROFACIAL DISORDERS.


  • Dr. Rhodus has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Logistics

Friday, March 1, 2024

Online Webinar

The dental professional

11:00am – 12:30pm Pacific Standard time


1.5 hours


*The University of Washington in conjunction with the Association for Continuing Dental Education (ACDE), along with 35 of its member schools jointly presents the “ACDE Webinar Series”

This series features university-based key opinion leaders presenting numerous topics on multiple dates and times. Presentations are available to meet every dental health care professional’s schedule and interests.

Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ADA CERP Standard V., everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the course.

As a continuing education provider, University of Washington Continuing Dental Education is responsible for ensuring the content, quality and scientific integrity of all continuing dental education activities for which credit is provided. The School is also responsible for taking steps to protect against and/or disclose any conflict of interest of the faculty/instructors presenting those courses.

Cancellation and Refunds
For this live webinar, a registration refund will be issued for cancellations received by Thursday, February 28, 2024. Registration will remain open until the webinar begins – NO REFUNDS will be accepted once the webinar has begun. Cancellations must be received in email to The cancellation request must include: the name of the course, name of the person registered, name of the person requesting the cancellation, and the reason for the cancellation.

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Dental education institutions have an obligation to disseminate new knowledge related to dental practice. In so doing, some presentations may include controversial materials or commercial references. Sponsorship of a continuing education course by the University of Washington does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, procedure, or product by this institution.

The University of Washington Continuing Dental Education cautions continuing dental education participants that there are potential risks of using limited knowledge when incorporating new techniques and procedures into the practice of dentistry, especially when the continuing education course has not provided supervised clinical experience and/or competency tests in the techniques or procedures.

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This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the University of Washington and ACDE member schools.

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University of Washington designates this activity for 1.5 continuing education credits.