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Enhancing Your Dental Career Recognizing Deadly Skin Cancers
Date: Saturday, June 15, 2024
Time: 1pm - 4:30pm
Location: Stotesbury Ballroom
Cost: $105.00 - $210.00 
CEs: 3
Course Description: 

We pride ourselves that we are experts in our field! We are trained to recognize abnormalities, provide patients’ education, teach prevention techniques, screen for early detection, and provide prompt treatment. This all sounds good intra-orally, but what happens when we see a mole on a patient’s face, lip, eye or skin that keeps getting bigger every time we see them? Do you bring it to their attention? Have you ever taken a photo with THEIR cell phone so they can watch it? Between two and three million non-melanoma skin cancers and 132,000 melanoma skin cancers occur globally each year. This course will make you comfortable understanding the difference of “normal” and what could be “abnormal”. Do you see discuss the dangers of the tanning bed to those Goddesses? What is UVA and UVB Radiation really? What number of sunscreen is absolutely necessary? By the end of this course you will have the knowledge to quite possibly save a life!

Educational Objectives:​​

  • Identify the difference between ordinary moles and dysplastic nevi.

  • Know how to proactively screen for skin cancers.

  • Explain the clinical signs of malignant melanoma, basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma.

  • Discuss the risk factors for skin cancer.

  • List preventative measures to reduce the chance of skin cancer.

  • Inform cancer patients on oral side effects of chemotherapy.

  • Know how to do a proper oral cancer exam.

  • Identify “the good” and “the bad” moles.

  • Identify Oral melanoma.

Meet Your Speaker


Shannon Nanne, RDH

Serving as The Executive Director of The Global Oral Cancer Forum in 2016 Shannon helps promote the changes required for a substantial impact on incidence, morbidity, and mortality of oral cancer worldwide educating health professionals globally. Shannon graduated from The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1994. She’s authored articles in RDH, JPH, In Focus, Dentistry Today and Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. Shannon is a Key Opinion Leader for several companies, publications and associations and an ambassador with The Oral Cancer Foundation, and has sat on the Corporate Council for Dimensions of Dental Hygiene representing Basicbites, Biotene, Oral7, GOCF and Curaprox US. Shannon held an executive board position in The Cleveland Dental Hygiene Association for over 15 years and continues to create awareness on oral cancer and its horrific side effects. She is currently The Manager of Professional Relations and Education for Curaprox US.


Shannon is a national and international speaker that has lectured to dentists, hygienists, pharmacists and oncologists. Shannon has also spoken to support groups, hospitals, dental schools, 50+ Groups, and a few mothers’ organizations including oral care for children. She has published “A Patient’s Guide to Periodontal Disease”, to help her colleagues discuss and educate periodontal disease with their patients. In her career, Shannon has been a Key Opinion Leader for Phillips, GC America, Sunstar Butler, Pennwell Publishing, a member of The Friends of Hu-Friedy, Part of the Hygienetown Friends Network.

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