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HPV Herd Immunity: Provide It Free or Mandate It

In Australia, 70% of girls turning 15 have received all three doses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. In the United States, 38% of girls 13 to 17 have received all three doses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Seven years ago in 2007, Australia began providing the HPV vaccine FREE to girls 12 […]

FDA Approved Gardasil 9: Covers 5 additional strains of HPV

Vaccines are subject to licensure in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following studies that address safety and efficacy. FDA approved Gardasil in 2006 for females 9-26 years of age to protect against cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancers caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18 and genital warts caused by HPV […]

Losing a Patient Over Oral Cancer Scare: Build Rapport with Follow-Up

Ken went in for his check-up. His dentist noticed something at the back of his throat and urged him to see an ENT immediately. Ken was terrified especially since he knew my story. His ENT wasn’t concerned in the least. Ken made sure the report was forwarded to his dentist. After a couple of weeks, […]

Passion Pays Off: Inspiring Without Knowing

Ironically, flying to El Paso, I sat next to a woman on the airplane who told me her brother was attending a survivorship event because he wanted to meet one particular speaker….and I was that speaker! We only met in person once but when you meet another oral cancer survivor, there is an immediate bond. […]

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) promotes healing of wounds, improves vascularity and fights infection. This therapy has improved quality of life for patients who have undergone radiation to the head and neck to treat cancer.  For these patients, HBOT is a recommended treatment in conjunction with any invasive dental procedure. The winter after I endured targeted […]

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