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Oral cancer forum to focus on prevention

January 22, 2016

By Michelle Manchir


Dr. Kerr


Mr. Kess
New York — Clinicians, scientists, epidemiologists, activists and public health experts are invited to the Global Oral Cancer Forum March 4-5 in New York City.
    
The forum, sponsored by the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, aims to highlight gaps and innovations in prevention, patient care, technology and services across the oral cancer continuum. The American Dental Association and the World Health Organization are among several intellectual sponsors of the forum.
    
Topics will include regional disparities in oral cancer, developing strategies to improve gaps in the oral cancer continuum, screenings, biomarkers and chemoprevention and policy development.
    
"The people that we want to be in the room are the people that are truly interested in making a difference in the area of oral cancer," said Dr. A. Ross Kerr, a forum organizer and a clinical professor in the department of oral and maxillofacial pathology at the New York University College of Dentistry.
    
Worldwide about 500,000 patients a year will be diagnosed with oral and oropharyngeal cancer and more than two thirds are diagnosed with advanced stages where the cancer has already spread to the regional lymph nodes or beyond, according to forum organizers. Oral cancer is among the eight most common cancers in the world, according to FDI World Dental Federation. The five-year survival rate for these cancers is only about 50 percent (globally) and early detection is key to increasing the survival rate.

International speakers, panelists and delegates will lead discussions with attendees, said Dr. Kerr.
    
"We are doing this for the benefit of the public and to increase interprofessional relationships, understanding and expertise," said Steven Kess, founding president of Henry Schein Cares Foundation and vice president of global professional relations for Henry Schein, Inc.
    
Organizers said they plan to develop white papers after the forum for review, and presentations are expected to be recorded and will be made available on the event's website, www.globaloralcancerforum.org.
    
To learn more or register for the forum, visit globaloralcancerforum.org. Seating is limited.