Oral cancer has always existed outside the consciousness of much of the public, even though 42,000 Americans will be newly diagnosed this year alone. In the early stages of oral cancer's development, often there is no pain or any physical sign that is obvious to an individual. This makes it a very dangerous disease, and is also the reason it is crucial to have an annual oral cancer screening by a professional.
Oral cancer is one of the few cancers that are on the rise in the U.S. When found early, oral cancers have an 80% or better survival rate. Like other cancer screenings, such as those for cervical, skin, prostate, colon and breast cancer, oral cancer screenings can be an effective means of finding cancer at its earliest and most easily treatable stage. Of all these screenings, the one for oral cancer is the least invasive and time-consuming, is painless and inexpensive, and it can be done as part of a regular dental hygiene check-up.
Dental practices wishing to sign up to conduct an event, and people wishing to find a practice offering free screenings in their community, may do so at
The Foundation will provide participating practices with all the materials needed to conduct the screenings and to generate exposure for the event in their community. "Only with the involvement of a large network of participating professional offices and facilities will a reduction in deaths become a reality," said
, founder and executive director of the Oral Cancer Foundation. "An informed public helps early discovery and increases survivability."
The Oral Cancer Foundation is a big believer in the development of strategic partnerships. In
, OCF will again join forces with both professional societies and private sector companies who are stakeholders in the fight against this disease. The American Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry, The American Academy of Oral Medicine and The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, form the core of the professional society sponsorship. The Foundation has also aligned with private sector entities Henry Schein Inc., LED Dental, DenMat Holdings, DentalEZ Group and Bristol-Myers Squibb, who are asking their customer base to be active in this April's endeavor. In addition, the many treatment facilities with head and neck departments that participated in 2012's effort are expected to participate again in 2013.
About the Oral Cancer Foundation
The Oral Cancer Foundation, founded by oral cancer survivor
Brian R. Hill
, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public service charity that provides information, patient support, sponsorship of research, and advocacy related to this disease. Oral cancer is the largest group of those cancers that fall into the head and neck cancer category. Common names for it include such things as mouth cancer, tongue cancer, head and neck cancer, and throat cancer. It maintains a web site at http://www.oralcancer.org, which receives millions of hits per month. Supporting the foundation's goals is a scientific advisory board composed of leading cancer authorities from varied medical and dental specialties, and from prominent educational, treatment, and research institutions in the United States.
SOURCE Oral Cancer Foundation