Webinar to Explore HPV’s Role in Oropharyngeal Cancer

Dentistry Today


Each year, the human papillomavirus (HPV) accounts for nearly 13,000 cases of oropharyngeal cancer, according to the Public Health Foundation (PHF). Yet awareness of the link between HPV and oropharyngeal cancer remains low, PHF reports, prompting the nonprofit advocacy group to schedule a webinar for Wednesday, February 13, from 2 to 3 pm EST.

During the webinar, experts will explain the burden of oropharyngeal cancer, current trends in its epidemiology, a clinical picture of the disease, and the importance of vaccination in prevention. They also will address common questions related to HPV and oropharyngeal cancer.


Speakers will include Amber D’Souza, PhD, associate professor with the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Carole Fakhry, MD, MPH, associate professor with the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Also, the webinar will help listeners learn about oropharyngeal cancer through the eyes of a survivor. Jason Mendelsohn will share the story of his illness and recovery as a means to educate the public about HPV and its link to oropharyngeal cancer. He also is a member of the Head & Neck Cancer Alliance executive board.  

As a result of the webinar, the organizers believe participants will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between oral cancers and oropharyngeal cancers
  • Learn how to address common questions about oropharyngeal cancer and HPV vaccine
  • Understand the process of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from oropharyngeal cancer from a cancer survivor’s perspective

For more information, contact Kathleen Amos at kamos@phf.org.

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