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Webinar – Periodontal Disease as a Risk Indicator for Colorectal Cancer

July 21, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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Maine Primary Care Association is working with a cohort of health centers on a Maine CDC grant to increase Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening. This involves a monthly ECHO series on topics of interest for this grant.

Periodontal Disease as a Risk Indicator for Colorectal Cancer
“Research has shown a significant association between dental infections and many systemic conditions.” – Jacob Teitelbaum, MD. (Included in this list is Colon Cancer.)

A study released in 2018 by Donghyoun Lee, MD in the journal MEDICINE stated:

“The objective of our study was to examine the relationship between oral health and the risk of colorectal adenoma, which begins with the transformation of normal mucosal cells. Surprisingly, we found a strong association between oral health and colorectal adenoma.

In this population, periodontitis and tooth loss were associated with colorectal adenoma to the same extent as were a moderate alcohol intake or smoking >30 pack-years.”

In this webinar we will identify periodontal disease and how it related to colorectal cancers. Please join us as Beth Pearce, Oral Health Coordinator at Maine Primary Care Association, explores this connection, reviews pertinent studies, and discusses risk factor reduction.

We have opened the ECHOs to all CHCs as an enrichment experience. Please join us for any sessions of interest, and share the registration link with your colleagues. The sessions are recorded, and access links are sent to all registrants following each event.

Application for Continuing Medical Education Credits (CMEs) will be filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians and Application for Dental Continuing Education Credits (CEs) will be filed with the Maine Board of Dental Examiners. Determination of all credits is pending.

Target Audience:
We are opening the Colorectal Cancer Project ECHO to all clinical staff, including dental, and CEOs at all Health Centers.

For more information, please contact Megan Cross: mcross@mepca.org or (207) 707-5112.


July 21, 2021
11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Maine Primary Care Association