Could Periodontal Disease be a Risk Factor for Cancer?
A Webinar

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Course Description

Recent studies indicate the increasing role of oral microbiome in the development and progression of oral cancer. This seminar will focus on the demographics, clinical presentations and risk factors associated with oral and oro-digestive cancers.

Course Objectives

  • Familiarize the participants with the clinical presentation of oral cancer.
  • Describe the molecular mechanisms associated with squamous cell carcinoma (scc) of the oral cavity
  • Discuss the changing profile of risk factors associated with SCC
  • Discuss the HPV family in the context of cervical and oral cancer
  • Discuss the detrimental effects of HPV on tumor suppressor genes in epithelial cells
  • Discuss interaction between HPV and the oral microbiome
  • Discuss interrelations between oral SCC and hematological cancers
  • Evaluate the effects of HPV vaccination and oral cancer
  • Discuss HPV as an potential occupational hazard in the dental team
  • Discuss potential expansion of HPV vaccination in bone marrow transplants cancer patients.
  • Discuss the involvement of oral microorganisms in the etiology of other cancers


Photo Dr. Joseph katzJoseph Katz, DMD, Professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences Faculty Website

    • “I declare that neither I nor any member of my family has a financial arrangement or affiliation with any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this continuing dental education program greater than $999, nor do I have a financial interest greater than $1,000 in any commercial product(s) I will discuss in the presentation.”

Location: Online






Continuing Education Units

3 contact hours. Lecture

Registration Required

  • $103 – 3 hour Asynchronous Online
Dates Location Course # AGD #
Asynchronous Online On-going 730 $103