Oral Cancer Prevention
A combination of brief motivational interviewing and vaccination counseling can reduce risk for human papillomavirus-related oropharyngeal cancers.
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:
- Discuss the incidence of human papillomavirus-related oropharyngeal cancers (HPV-OPCs), common locations for lesions, and epidemiologic risk factors.
- Explain the dental hygienist’s role in providing HPV-OPC prevention counseling and HPV vaccine advocacy in dental settings.
- Describe effective communication strategies when discussing HPV-OPCs and HPV vaccine uptake with patients and parents/caregivers.
This course was issued in July 2022 and expires July 2025. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.