International spotlight on mouth cancer


A call for abstracts for the October North American/Global Dental Hygiene Research Conference has shown the issue of mouth cancer is a hot one on the world stage. The conference, to be held in Maryland USA, will present new research related to oral cancer, smoking cessation interventions, bisphosphonate-induced osteonecrosis, and remineralisation therapies.
Associate Director of the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice Ann Spolarich said: “During one of the plenary sessions at the conference, a leading international expert will explore the state of the science regarding oral cancer risk assessment, diagnosis and management, including a discussion about the reliability and validity of available in-office oral cancer screening tests.
“Further, results from a major practice-based research study that examines how dental hygienists can best provide tobacco cessation counselling will be presented. It is also quite likely that original research papers submitted for oral and poster presentations will address oral cancer and tobacco use as well.”
Chief Executive of the International Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, expressed his delight at oral cancer appearing on the agenda.
Dr Carter said: “Through Mouth Cancer Action Month we have campaigned in the UK for greater awareness of oral cancer for several years. The worldwide challenge is equally daunting and the conference will provide an excellent opportunity to increase awareness of the disease and hopefully stimulate debate on new approaches to prevention, diagnosis and treatment.”
Invitations for both oral and poster abstracts are being accepted and must be submitted by 15 March 2011. For a registration form, an abstract submission form and further information please contact: Jane L Forrest, RDH, EdD, Director ( or Ann Spolarich, RDH PhD, Associate Director (

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Mouth cancer's the topic at the next North American hygienists' conference.

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