Oral Cancer Screening for Today’s Population: The URGENT Need for Change *Signature Program*

Alternate Title: Sex and Oral Health: What is the Connection?

Alternate Title: Sex and Oral Health: What is the Connection?

Lecture Synopsis:

According to the CDC, nearly all sexually active Americans will have a HPV (Human papillomavirus) infection in their lifetime. This is fueling an escalating rise in the incidence of HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer. By the year 2020, HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer is expected to be the leading HPV-related cancer surpassing cervical cancer. The historic etiologic patterns related to exposure to alcohol and tobacco are declining, while HPV is becoming increasingly more common.

What are the implications to dentistry and how should our oral cancer screening be adjusted to compensate for this new profile? There are many questions arising due to this escalation. How is the virus transmitted and once an infection becomes active, will it ever go away? How does an infection transform into a malignancy? Who is at risk? Why are men at least 6X more predisposed to HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer? Above all, how do we communicate this to today’s dental patient? All of these questions and many more will be answered in a frank, open discussion complemented by a guided visual gallery of HPV lesions. High risk extraoral and intraoral anatomical areas will be reviewed as well as identifying the subtle life-saving signs that accompany HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer that are so often overlooked.

Today’s dental professional needs to be informed and be pro-active. This requires the knowledge, the skill-set and the educational resources to effectively address this changing profile in clinical practice. Join Jo-Anne Jones, 2017 Dentistry Today CE Leader and recipient of the PennWell Award for “The Most Important Dental Story Published” written on this subject for a presentation that will change the way you screen for oral cancer forever.

Learning Outcomes:

The attendee will be able to;

  • Understand critical statistical information regarding oral and oropharyngeal cancer that every dental professional needs to know
  • Discuss the transmission of the virus and the transformation to malignancy
  • Recognize the critical components of a comprehensive extraoral and intraoral examination and the life-saving subtle symptoms
  • Identify the dental professional’s role in early discovery of mucosal tissue changes and potentially life-saving outcome through screening methods
  • Be equipped with clinical and educational resources for your dental practice

Session Reviews:

“Highly authoritative content—Jo-Anne Jones presents the alarming epidemiology of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer as comprehensively as top scientists in the field and in a way clinicians can understand readily. This disease pattern will change the way we view oral cancer screening in practice. Jo-Anne equips clinicians to understand what they can do now to best serve their patients as continuing research helps us to further understand possible strategies for better risk-based screening and earlier detection.” Emily Utoft Durand, RDH, RF Regional Coordinator, National Dental Practice-Based Research Network


“I have had the honor of working with Jo Anne Jones RDH for almost 10 years. Jo Anne has the unique ability to provide programs that are not only highly emotional and engaging, but that are also motivational. The programs ensure participants take action and become part of the change to find oral disease at the earliest possible stage. She is a true pioneer. Her material is always the most current and well researched of any speaker I have seen on the topic of Oral Cancer. Her program is a must see for any dental healthcare provider.” Wayne Rees, Senior VP, LED Dental Inc.

Book Jo-Anne for your event:

Contact Jo-Anne today at 905•719•4166 or by email.



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