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Staff Biography

María Teresa Canto, D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H. María Teresa Canto, D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H.

Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities
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María Teresa “Mayté” Canto, D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H., is a Program Director in the Disparities Research Branch, Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr. Canto works closely with the investigators and community members of the cooperative agreements that are part of the Community Networks Program.

Prior to her appointment at the NCI, Dr. Canto was the Program Director of the Epidemiology and Research Program at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Dr. Canto is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health. Her research interests included the prevention and early detection of oral and pharyngeal cancers, and behavioral factors on dental caries risk among women and their young children.

Dr. Canto received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. She has a master’s degree in Pharmacology, a doctoral degree in dental surgery from the University of Illinois in Chicago, Illinois and a M.P.H. from The Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Her public health degree included an emphasis on behavioral sciences and health promotion. Dr. Canto completed a dental public health residency and dental research fellowship at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and a cancer prevention fellowship at NCI.

Select Publications and Presentations

Canto MT, Drury TF, Horowitz AM. Use of skin and oral cancer examinations in the United States, 1998. Prev Med 2003:37(3):278-82.

Canto MT, Drury TF, Horowitz, AM. Oral Cancer Examinations among US Hispanics: 1998. J Cancer Educ 2003;18(1):48-52.

Canto MT, Horowitz AM, Childs W. Views of oral cancer prevention and early detection: Maryland physicians. Oral Oncology 2002;38(4):373-377.

Canto MT, Drury T, Horowitz AM, Goodman HS. Maryland physicians’ knowledge, opinions and practices about oral cancer. Oral Oncology 2002;38(5):416-424.

Canto MT, Anderson W, Brawley O. Geographic Variation in Breast Cancer Mortality for White and Black Women: 1986-1995. CA Cancer J Clin 2001;51:367-370.

Canto MT, Devesa S. Oral Cavity and Pharynx Cancer Incidence Rates in the United States, 1975-1996. Oral Oncology 2002;38(6):610-617.

Canto MT, Chu KC. Annual cancer incidence rates for Hispanics in the United States, SEER, 1992-1996. Cancer 2000;88:2642-52.

Canto MT, Horowitz AM, Drury TF. Maryland dentists’ knowledge oral cancer risk factors and diagnostic procedures. Health Promotion Practice 2001;2(3):255-62.

Canto MT, Sharada S. Utilization of routine medical services among immigrants from El Salvador. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 2000; 11(2):125-34.

Canto MT, Horowitz AM, Goodman HS, Watson MR, Cohen LA, Fedele DJ. Maryland veterans’ knowledge of risk factors for and signs of oral cancers and their use of dental services. Gerodontology 1998;15(2):79-86.

Canto MT, Kawaguchi Y, Horowitz AM. Coverage and quality of oral cancer information in the popular press: 1987-98. J Public Health dent 1998;58(3):241-7.

Canto MT, Goodman HS, Horowitz AM, Watson MR, Duran-Medina C. Latino youths’ knowledge of oral cancer and use of tobacco and alcohol, American Journal of Health Behavior 1998; 22(6):411-420.

Updated: 10/02/09