BAPD seeks new guidance from government to help to screen for oral cancer


  Posted by: The Probe      15th July 2020

The British Association of Private Dentistry (BAPD) has advised the government that it needs to change its guidance in order to help dental practices successfully screen for oral cancer.

The Association recently conducted a straw poll of its members in order to find out whether dental professionals were encountering problems in referring patients who were suspected of having mouth cancer. The results found that 676 out of the 755 respondents had experienced referral problems when seeking secondary care.

The poll comes following research, which has suggested that more than 24,000 cases of cancer have gone undiagnosed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jason Smithson, Co-founder of the BAPD, said: “The comments would suggest a multi-factorial problem; however, there would seem to be some common themes. Clearly, this is a serious problem for the profession. Therefore, we have compiled a survey that we hope to present to PHE and NHSE and may impact fallow and PPE.”

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