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Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is an extremely common virus that causes cancer in all genders. Head and neck (oropharyngeal) cancers caused by HPV have increased by 225% in the last 20 years, primarily in men in their 50s and 60s. These cancers were estimated to surpass cervical cancers by the year 2020, but in Massachusetts, they already have. Thankfully, there is a vaccine that prevents almost all strains of oncogenic HPV, but the dental team has only been recently utilized to help in HPV cancer prevention. This course will educate attendees on the pathophysiology of HPV-related lesions, screening for oropharyngeal cancer, educating staff and patients, and reducing HPV through vaccine referral. A primary focus of the course will be on patient-provider communication. This is a crucial public health issue for the whole dental team; we can go a long way in early diagnosis and prevention of oropharyngeal cancer.
When and Where
  • 10/3/2018 2:00 PM EDT
  • 10/3/2018 5:00 PM EDT
  • Delaney House
  • 3 Country Club Road
  • Holyoke
  • Massachusetts
Event Details
  • • Be familiar with an overview of HPV and related lesions
    • Understand transmission of HPV virus and pathophysiology of HPV-related cancers
    • Discuss the effectiveness and recommendations for HPV vaccine and how to refer patients for immunization
    • Learn signs and symptoms of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer
    • Be able to perform a thorough oral cancer screening for both squamous cell carcinoma and oropharyngeal cancer and how to teach patients to perform self-screenings
    • Review tips for educating patients about HPV and HPV vaccination and information on obtaining a tool kit for use in the office setting
  • Rosie Wagner, DDS, co-chair of the Massachusetts Oral HPV Prevention Taskforce and founder, Smiles By Rosie Family Dentistry in Somerville 
Recommended Audience
  • Assistant; Dentist; Hygienist
  • 3.0
Event Pricing
  • Complimentary Light Hors d'oeuvres will be provided.
Financial Disclosure
  • Rosie Wagner, DDS has no financial relationships relevant to this presentation to disclose
Cancellation Policy
  • Refunds can be made online up to 10 days prior to the class. You will receive a full refund minus a $10 processing fee. There are no refunds less than 10 days out including cancelations due to illness, late arrivals or weather. Full refund will be given if your class is cancelled for any reason by MDS. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing. There is no refund for courses once the course begins. Registrants will be notified by e-mail if the course is canceled due to inclement weather or for any other reason by MDS. The e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address used to register.