ADA, renowned cancer center team up for cancer prevention
May 03, 2017
The ADA and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are combining their expertise to focus on increasing human papillomavirus vaccinations and tobacco cessation for oral cancer prevention, the two groups said in a May news release
Their goal is to help improve patient outcomes through programs aimed at dental and medical professionals and the public.
Both organizations agree that increasing the percentage of children and young adults vaccinated for HPV is critical to improving their health and reducing the risk of several HPV-related infections and cancers, including potentially those of the oropharynx, according to the news release. In addition, programs aimed at preventing children and young adults from starting to smoke while encouraging current smokers to quit are another key component of the collaboration.
"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 L. Roberts. "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."
Marshall E. Hicks, M.D., president ad interim at MD Anderson, said, "Tobacco use and HPV infection remain the leading causes of oral cancers. 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."
The two groups, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have already planned the Oropharyngeal Cancer Symposium on Oct. 18 to precede ADA 2017 – America's Dental Meeting in Atlanta.
Presenters will address the latest science, research and statistics on oropharyngeal cancer and how dental professionals can be part of prevention and treatment solutions.
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