Friday, September 23, 2016
1:30 PM to 2:45 PM
Massachusetts Dental Society: Dental Hygenists Association Conference
The Role of the Dental Hygienist in HPV Cancers Prevention – Eileen Duffey Lind MS, RN, CPNP and Katie-Rose Wagner DDS
According to the CDC over 20,000 women and 12,000 men are diagnosed with HPV related cancers each year, with cervical cancer the majority in women and oropharyngeal cancer the majority in men.(CDC 2014) HPV vaccination rates among young women thus far have been relatively low in comparison to other vaccines, and rates among young men are even lower. The vaccine has been shown to be highly effective in preventing HPV infection, therefore it is imperative to increase vaccination rates among youth in the U.S. With the link between HPV and cancer becoming very clear and the rate of HPV infection increasing, dental hygienists are vital components of the health care team that will help confront this significant public health issue. Diligence in HPV education and oral cancer screening can save lives.” At the end of the session, the participant will be able to: Describe the burden of HPV disease. Identify the relationship between HPV and HPV related cancers. Describe the safety and effectiveness and the importance of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention. Explain the rationale for vaccinating youth at ages 11 or 12 and develop skills to effectively discuss HPV vaccination with parents of dental patients. Locate resources relevant to current immunization practice.