This course is free of charge but requires logging in to access. Don't have an account? Create an account here.Available: July 31, 2023 - July 31, 2025
Credit: 7 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM, 7 Nursing Contact Hours
Lower anogenital tract cancer, comprising vulvar, vaginal, and anal cancers, is the least common of the gynecologic cancers. These types of cancers are all linked to HPV: HPV DNA was detected in 69% of vulvar cancers, 75% of vaginal cancers, and 93% of female anal cancers. HPV vaccination, especially if completed before one’s first instance of sexual intercourse, is extremely effective against lower anogenital tract cancer precursors.
There is no simple and reliable way to screen for lower anogenital tract cancer, so it is especially important that health care practitioners help their patients recognize and discuss risk factors and warning signs.
ACOG is pleased to offer the free online course Prevention and Early Diagnosis of Lower Anogenital Tract Cancer, which summarizes the relevant literature and existing recommendations to guide clinicians in the equitable prevention, early diagnosis, and special considerations of lower anogenital tract cancer.
By the end of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Identify risk factors for lower anogenital tract cancer
- Summarize key health disparities in lower anogenital tract cancer
- Identify effective methods for risk modification and early diagnosis of anogenital tract cancer
Target AudienceObstetrician-gynecologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, family physicians, medical students and residents, and allied health professionals
Estimated Time to Complete7 hours
Faculty and Planner DisclosureThis project was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the Department of Health and Human Services under cooperative agreement number 7 NU38OT000330-01-00, which was awarded to ACOG. All authors received a one-time payment from ACOG for their participation in the development of lower anogenital tract cancer educational materials.
All authors received a one-time payment from ACOG for their participation in the development of lower anogenital tract cancer educational materials.
All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated. Conflict of interest disclosure for faculty, planning committee, reviewers, and staff:
- David Chelmow is the immediate past president of ASCCP and the Council of University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology, receives a stipend as the editor-in-chief of the Medscape Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinical Reference Book, and was on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Board of Directors during the evidence review period. David Chelmow is a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). This course does not necessarily represent the views and policies of the USPSTF.
- Joshua Kesterson receives financial compensation as a member of a speakers’ bureau for: Genmab/Seagen; Baxter; and GSK. In 2022, Dr. Kesterson received compensation for his participation in the LYNPARZA Ovarian Cancer East Gynecologic Oncologist Advisory Board and the Clovis Oncology ATHENA-MONO Commercial Advisory Board. These activities were unrelated to the content of this manuscript. Additionally, Dr. Kesterson previously received bi-annual compensation for authoring a chapter for UpToDate on "Fertility Preservation in Patients with Endometrial Cancer."
- Margaret Long helped validate an anal HPV test that is commercially available via Mayo Clinic Laboratories; she was not compensated for this test, but all proceeds of testing go to the Mayo Clinic Foundation, which pays Dr. Long’s salary.
All other faculty, planning committee members, reviewers, and staff have no conflict of interest to disclose relative to the content of the presentation.
How to Earn CreditParticipants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM must complete all sections of the course including the evaluation.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
College Cognate Credit(s)
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7 Category 1 College Cognate Credits. The College has a reciprocity agreement with the AMA that allows AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to be equivalent to College Cognate Credits.
This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Maryland Nurses Association, which is an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCCCA).