The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 53,000 new cases of oral and oropharyngeal cancer in 2019.
The ADA is working to provide members with resources that can help them educate patients about the importance of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which could prevent nearly 90% of HPV-related cancers in the United States.
A new “Oral Health and the HPV Vaccine” brochure from the ADA provides patients with basic information about the HPV vaccine. It includes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations about who should get the vaccine; when and how many doses; vaccine safety; signs and symptoms of oropharyngeal cancer; and a simple illustration of the oropharynx.
Written in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the ADA and AAPD encourage dentists to support and recommend the use of the HPV vaccine.
Learn more about the ADA’s HPV vaccine policy at ADA.org.