Friday, August 19, 2016

Dental Hygiene Thought Leader Debra Zafiropoulos, RDH Launches National Cancer Network




New Non-Profit’s Mission is to Reduce Mortality Rates of a Variety of Cancers via Earlier Detection by Vigilant Dental Professionals

Hobe Sound, FL – August 17, 2016 – Debra Zafiropoulos, RDH, a leading dental hygiene key opinion leader known for her tireless advocacy for the early detection of oral cancer is broadening her efforts to include other forms of cancer with the formation of the National Cancer Network, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.

According to Zafiropoulos, commonly known as “Debbie Z”, “Dental professionals are the early warning system of the healthcare profession because we see our patients on an average of once a year and they spend a lot of time in our chairs. In addition to conducting a thorough oral exam, we can be paying closer attention to any abnormalities we notice on the patient’s skin or any complaints described in their patient history form such as persistent sore throat, cough, zone tingling or tenderness, etc.”

When something suspicious is discovered, Zafiropoulos says it is the responsibility of all dental professionals to integrate with other allied health professionals and make the appropriate qualified referrals sooner rather than later. “By taking the initiative to break down the silos between the various health care disciplines, we can significantly reduce the mortality rates of a wide variety of cancers.

Two of the cornerstones of the National Cancer Network are consumer awareness and professional training in the form of live patient screening events and professional training courses throughout the country.

What’s more, at the heart of NCN’s consumer and clinician awareness campaign is the introduction of a new exam protocol called “Screening for Oral and Skin Abnormalities” or SOSA™. 

The first event of this type is being held in conjunction with the First District Dental Hygiene Society component of the Tennessee Dental Hygiene Association on September 16th in Kingsport, TN. The event will be based around one of Debbie Z’s most popular lectures, “HPV: It’s Not the Hanky-Panky Virus the Media Says it Is”.

To learn more about this and other upcoming NCN events, visit http://nationalcancernetwork.org/hpv/. For more information on how you or your organization can support NCN, contact Debra Zafiropoulos at DebbieZ@NationalCancerNetwork.org.  Individual and corporate donations are can be made via PayPal at http://nationalcancernetwork.org/donate/

About the National Cancer Network:

The National Cancer Network is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization founded by dental hygiene thought leader and early cancer detection crusader Debra Zafiropoulos, RDH, widely known in the dental industry as Debbie Z. 

The mission of NCN is to raise awareness to prevent late stage diagnosis of all cancers through multiple platforms of prevention, protection, screening and referrals by creating a community of caring interdisciplinary professionals dedicated to disease prevention.

NationalCancerNetwork™.org was designed to be a membership website that is fully accessible with resources and information such as the latest screening, diagnostic, active therapy, disease management, and nutrition as well as spiritual and emotional support.

This information will generate a resource library and a more informed opportunity for you to reach out to a practitioner, organization or manufacturer to serve your specific needs. So whether you are a patient looking for a caring practitioner, a service provider looking to associate with an agency, or a caregiver seeking resources and solutions to assist those we love in fight of their life the National CancerNetwork™.org will be the resource to come to first!
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