ADA 2017 to Host Oropharyngeal Cancer Symposium

Dentistry Today


Oropharyngeal cancer continues to be diagnosed in 50,000 new patients each year, reports the American Cancer Society. To fight these numbers, the ADA and the MD Anderson Cancer Center will present Working Together Against Oropharyngeal Cancer at the ADA 2017 conference in Atlanta on Wednesday, October 18 from 11 am to 5:15 pm.

The symposium will focus on how dentists, oncologists, head and neck surgeons, and other health professionals can and should work together in a multifaceted approach to reduce the number of cases and produce better treatment results for patients. Courses will be available for 4.5 hours of CERP continuing education or CME credits. 

Presenters will include Erich M. Sturgis, MD, MPH, Lois M. Ramondetta, MD, Theresa M. Hofstede, BSc, DDS, Neil D. Gross, MD, and Katherine A. Hutcheson, PhD, all of the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Sessions also will feature Melinda Wharton, MD, MPH, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mark Lingen of the University of Chicago, and Marcelo Araujo and Dave Preble of the ADA Practice Institute.

Plus, the symposium will feature a “continue the conversation” luncheon and a networking break. Attendees also will receive an all-access pass to ADA 2017, including continuing education courses, the exhibit hall, the opening general session, the ADA 2017 Block Party, the Distinguished Speaker Series, and other networking events.

This program is part of the ongoing collaboration between the ADA and the MD Anderson Cancer Center to improve patient outcomes through programs aimed at dental and medical professionals as well as the public to increase human papillomavirus virus (HPV) vaccinations and tobacco cessation for oral cancer prevention.

“ADA member dentists promise to put patients first, and as a profession, we look for innovative ways to treat and prevent disease and promote wellness,” said ADA president Gary Roberts, DDS. “Together with MD Anderson, one of the most respected cancer centers in the world, we are excited to pioneer new programs to help our patients live healthy and disease-free lives.”  

“Tobacco use and HPV infection remain the leading causes of oral cancers,” said Marshall E. Hicks, MD, president ad interim at MD Anderson. “Through this collaboration, we have a significant opportunity to inform care providers and the public about the associated risks, and we can make a difference in the fight to end cancer.”

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