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Oral Cancer Update

As oral cancer receives more publicity, oral healthcare providers should be able to discuss these pathologic processes with patients.

Oral Pathology Series Page

Paras B. Patel, DDS

Paras B. Patel DDS, is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial pathologist, who obtained his dental degree from Howard University College of Dentistry in 2011. Dr. Patel went on to practice general dentistry for a couple of years in the Lubbock area working on a mobile dental unit with a federally qualified health center. In 2014, he began his residency in oral and maxillofacial pathology at TAMU (Baylor) College of Dentistry. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Patel took a position at the college of dentistry, and is currently a full-time faculty member in the department of diagnostic sciences. He maintains a clinical practice actively seeing patients who suffer from various oral diseases in the stomatology center at the college of dentistry and is an active surgical pathologist in a busy biopsy service. Dr. Patel’s previous work experience and curiosity have shaped his approach to diagnosis and management of disease.


As oral cancer has received more publicity in the last few decades, particularly with evidence of Human Papillomavirus infection and its relationship to oropharyngeal cancer, the oral healthcare provider should feel comfortable about educating and discussing these pathologic processes with their patients. Our discussion will provide a brief overview of the raw statistics and predicted rates of both oral and oropharyngeal cancer. We will go into detail about what populations are at risk as well as discuss the risk factors that contribute to the development of oral cancer.  Additionally, and most importantly, we will identify the clinical characteristics of oral premalignant and malignant lesions, and discuss available detection methods for those lesions that are clinically suspicious.


  • The attendee should understand the basic contributory factors that lead to the development of oral cancer
  • The attendee should be able to identify those individuals at high risk for the development of oral premalignant and malignant lesions
  • The attendee should be able to clinically identify oral premalignant and malignant lesions

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Credit hours: 1.5 CEU

Teaching Method: Self-Instruction

Edification is complimentary to all attendees however, a small fee of $10.00 is required for non-members to receive 1.0 continuing dental education credit. 

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Presenter Contact Information:
Dr. Paras Patel–

AGD Subject Code: 730

Date of Original Presentation: September 10, 2021

Date Released: November 17, 2021

Date of Expiration: September 1, 2024

AGD Subject Code: 770

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Texas Oral Health Coalition
Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.
Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement.
7/1/2021 to 6/30/2024.
Provider ID# 346144

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