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Oral Cancer: East of England

Volume 475: debated on Friday 16 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what resources he plans to allocate to the East of England region to provide training for dentists in detecting the early signs of oral cancers in the next three years; (205399)

(2) what in-service training in the detection of oral cancers for dentists in the East of England region his Department is funding in 2008-09.

Postgraduate dental deans determine priorities for the continuing education and training of dentists within block allocations made by the Department. However, as the diagnosis of oral cancer is included in the curriculum for the basic training of dental undergraduates in accordance with the ‘First Five Years’ published by the General Dental Council, specific courses on detection and diagnosis are not routinely included in postgraduate training programmes. However, we understand it is the policy of the postgraduate dental deanery for the east of England to include and update training in the detection of oral cancer in relevant training programmes for groups of dentists like vocational dental trainees. The deanery also makes available copies of the distance learning programme ‘Early Detection and Prevention of Oral Cancer’ funded by the Department and published in 2007.