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PHO Rounds: Dentists’ readiness to mitigate the burden of oropharyngeal cancers
Thursday, October 4, 2018 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave. Suite 300, Toronto, ON, M5G 1V2
Health Promotion
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Rounds
Format: In Person; Webinar

Please note: This is an open invitation and may be forwarded to interested parties.

Although there is a downward trend in the incidence rates of tobacco-related oral cancers, HPV-related oral cancers have been trending upwards, especially among men, in high income countries including Canada. Dentists are in the forefront of early detection of oral cancers, and also can positively contribute to their prevention. However, previous research has shown that many dentists do not recognize HPV as a risk factor for oral cancers, and only a small percentage discuss risk factors of HPV infection with their patients in routine dental practice. Little is known about dentists’ capacity and readiness for primary and secondary prevention of oral cancers, including oropharyngeal cancers linked to HPV infection. For this PHO rounds, we will present findings from our recent study to assess Ontario dentists’ capacity to detect oral cancers, and readiness to address oral cancer risk and protective factors of their patients. We hope that the findings from our study will help to identify opportunities to increase the capacity of Canadian dentists practicing in Ontario to better contribute to reducing HPV-related oral cancers.

Presenter: Dr. Sonica Singhal

Dr. Sonica Singhal obtained her Bachelors of Dental Surgery from Delhi University, India; Masters in Public Health from the University of New South Wales, Australia; and completed her PhD in Dental Public Health from the University of Toronto. Currently, she is working at Public Health Ontario as Scientist, Oral Health. In this role, she is involved in various research projects and provides scientific and technical advice to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Medical Officers of Health, and staff of Public Health Units. She is also appointed as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto.


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


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