GP Update

Let's beat oral cancer sooner

With oral cancer rates on the rise, find out how Cancer Research UK's online toolkit can help you recognise and refer oral cancer appropriately

Professor Chris Nutting examines patient at the Head and Neck Unit

Professor Chris Nutting examines patient at the Head and Neck Unit

Today around 2,400 people die from oral cancer, 20 years ago this was around 1,600 and rates are projected to rise by 38% in the UK between 2014 and 2035. In fact, incidence of oral cancer is also becoming more common, according to figures by Cancer Research UK. Rates of oral cancer have increased by 68% in the last 20 years in the UK.

How can GPs help?

Join the 9,500 GPs who have accessed Cancer Research UK’s online Oral Cancer Recognition Toolkit. This was developed in collaboration with the British Dental Association (BDA) and an expert advisory group representing dentists, GPs and maxillofacial surgeons. Visit the Toolkit to refresh your knowledge and gain CPD points.

Latest findings show that the toolkit improved GP confidence to make appropriate referrals. GPs reported that they had a better understanding of the NICE guidance, gained increased awareness of risk factors and learnt about ‘new’ signs and symptoms. GPs also reported that they conduct soft tissue examinations more thoroughly and systematically since engaging with the toolkit.

Make a referral

Find out how to refer your patients to The Royal Marsden.

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