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Oral Cancer Screening for Today’s Population: The Need for Change

Webinar Date: June 25, 2014

Presented by Jo-Anne Jones, RDH

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Webinar Synopsis

A study released by the National Cancer Institute confirms that HPV oropharyngeal cancers have risen an astounding 225% from 1998 -2004.   If this trend continues, oral cancer will become the nation’s leading HPV-related cancer within the present decade, surpassing cervical cancer. Both the medical and dental communities have been alerted to this emerging pandemic.

We are still not making the inroads required with the majority of oral cancers found in the later stages. Following a comprehensive literature review, the Journal of the American Dental Association released the following statement;

“On the basis of the available literature, the authors determined that a COE of mucosal lesions generally is not predictive of histologic diagnosis. The fact that OSCCs often are diagnosed at an advanced stage of disease indicates the need for improving the COE and for developing adjuncts to help detect and diagnose oral mucosal lesions”.

There is an urgent need for change. It’s within our hands.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the current statistics related to the sexually transmitted Human papillomavirus and its connection with oropharyngeal cancer
  • To define high risk anatomical areas related both to HPV and non-HPV oral and oropharyngeal cancer
  • To recognize the subtle, life-saving signs and symptoms that may accompany HPV oropharyngeal cancer

The Speaker

Jo-Anne Jones is a well recognized international speaker bringing life, energy and inspiration to her presentations. Her strong and powerful message leaves dental audiences with a renewed confidence and enthusiasm for the profession they have chosen. She is also a consultant, author and successful entrepreneur. Jo-Anne has been selected by DPR as 1 of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry and continues to be a Dentistry Today CE Leader in 2014.

Jo-Anne is a sought after writer for leading global publications and was PennWell’s award recipient for writing “The Most Important Dental Story Published” last year on the rising incidence of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer.

Jo-Anne is a Key Opinion Leader for a number of leading corporations within the dental community. She has been described as a very dynamic, knowledgeable and authentic speaker with an ability to powerfully communicate her knowledge.   Her frank and open style of lecturing complemented by the provision of clinical resources has earned many loyal followers.