National Cancer Network to host three day CE program for dental professionals

March 29, 2017
The National Cancer Network will be hosting a live program for dental professionals titled, “Unveiling the Mask of Cancer.”

The National Cancer Network, a non-profit 501(c) dedicated to raising awareness to prevent late stage diagnosis of visible forms of cancers, will be hosting a live program titled, “Unveiling the Mask of Cancer.” The three-day event will be hosted April 21-23 at the Sheraton in Philadelphia.

Debbie Zafiropoulos, the National Cancer Network founder, said, “The goal of this event is to engage with the local health care and consumer communities to raise their collective awareness and commitment to cancer prevention, progress, screening, and referrals.”

For oral health professionals, the continuing education program features presentations and breakout sessions, including:

  • Dr. Gerald Curatola: “Understanding the Mouth-Body Connection; A protocol for Conquering Illness & Cancer.” Dr. Curatola is the author of “The Mouth-Body Connection.”
  • Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS: breakout session, “Tides of Change: Practicing in A Digital World.”
  • Todd Cohen: “How a Single Conversation Saved My Life.” Cohen is a professional sales coach and a cancer survivor.
  • Claudia Lovato: “The Science of Happiness and How Living Happy is Living Healthy.”
  • Dr. Juliet Dang: “HPV - It’s Everywhere! Understanding How a Virus Could Affect a Cancer Risk.”
  • Lu Ann Cahn: “Moving Courageously Beyond Cancer: An Empowering Insight.” Lu Ann is an NBC 10 reporter and cancer survivor.
  • Bill Grondin: “Empowering Words to Build a Soulful Recovery.” Bill is a spiritual inspiration and enlightenment coach.
  • Anastasia Turchetta, RDH: “Highway to Health.” A panel discussion moderated by Anastasia with survivors and family members. Learn what helped and what didn’t during and after diagnosis.
  • Debora Carrier and Sister Darla Miller: breakout session, CPR Training by American Heart Association Certified Instructors and Training Center Faculty.
  • Dr. Uche Odiatu: “Exercise is Medicine: Get Strong Live Long.”
  • Thomas Viola. RPh, CCP: “I Have Become...Comfortably Numb!” An Overview of Local Anesthetic Agents and Vasoconstrictors, Clinical Dental Considerations and Patient Care Planning.
  • Dr. Howard Pactovis: “Infection Control Dynamic Safety.”
  • Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS: breakout session: “What’s New in Disease Diagnosis and How to Maximize the New Dental Codes.”

All keynote programs and breakout sessions are open to the oral health professional for $299.00, which includes 21 potential CE credits and admission to the Friday night Love the Dove VIP Cocktail Party and Silent Auction!

The exhibit hall will be open to the public for a nominal $20 donation, and attendees will have the opportunity to become more cancer aware, get screened, and learn from many of the guest speakers listed above during live HealthChats, scheduled throughout the event in the “Learning to Live Healthy Pavilion.” There will also be a lunch time fashion show on Saturday hosted by TwiceAsNice Uniforms.

To learn more about “Unveiling the Mask of Cancer,” including the complete schedule, sponsorship opportunities and how to register, visit

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