The Oral Cancer Foundation is proud to be a partner to the Public Health Foundation to promote an upcoming CDC Webinar on oropharyngeal cancer. We urge all of those who support and follow us to make time to register for and attend this important webinar. As many of you know, OCF has been active in the funding of oral and oropharyngeal cancer research for almost 20 years. Much of that published research has involved the impact of the human papilloma virus on oropharyngeal cancer. Two of the researchers co-funded by OCF at Johns Hopkins will be the main presenters in this webinar. This presentation overviews what the many years of work in HPV and oropharyngeal cancer has revealed to date.  The Webinar will take place on
Wednesday, February 13, 2019,  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
Every year, over 33,000 men and women are diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV. While cervical cancer is the most well-known cancer that is caused by HPV, there are five other types of cancers that can develop from HPV. Oropharyngeal cancer has recently surpassed cervical cancer as the most common cancer caused by HPV, accounting for nearly 13,000 cases every year in the United States.
Compared to HPV and cervical cancer, awareness of the link between HPV and oropharyngeal cancer is still low, which presents an important opportunity for more education. During this webinar, two experts will explain the burden of oropharyngeal cancer, current trends in the epidemiology of oropharyngeal cancer, a clinical picture of the disease, and the importance of vaccination to prevent HPV infections. They will also address common questions related to HPV and oropharyngeal cancer.
Dr. Amber D’Souza, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Dr. Carole Fakhry, Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, have co-authored several papers about commonly asked questions from patients about HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers, as well as the psychosocial experiences of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer survivors both during and after treatment.
Finally, the webinar will help listeners learn about oropharyngeal cancer through the eyes of a survivor. Jason Mendelsohn is an HPV oropharyngeal cancer survivor who actively shares the story of his illness and recovery as a means to educate the public about HPV and its link to oropharyngeal cancer. 
As a result of this webinar, the participant will be able to:
  • Understand the burden and epidemiology of oropharyngeal cancer as well as the natural history from HPV infection to oropharyngeal cancer.
  • Understand the difference between oral cancers and oropharyngeal cancers.
  • Learn how to address common questions about oropharyngeal cancer and HPV vaccine.
  • Understand the process of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from oropharyngeal cancer from a cancer survivor’s perspective.

Click the link below to go to the registration page for the Webinar. In the block labeled organization type in OCF. You will receive sign in instructions by return email to use on the day of the Webinar. Note that the instructions are coded for the person that signs up and cannot be shared with others. Everyone must sign up individually. 


For more information, please contact Kathleen Amos at [email protected] or Brian Hill @ [email protected]