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Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month

About Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month and OCF would like to invite you to join us in our national screening campaign to end oral cancer! Oral Cancer awareness in the American public is low. Approximately 43,250 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. As you are well aware, dentists are often the first line of defense against oral cancer, through the process of early discovery.

While smoking and tobacco use are still major risk factors, the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV virus. We cannot stop this virus from spreading; our only hope to save lives is with professional involvement and public awareness. This is your opportunity to get involved and give back to your community in hopes to raise oral cancer awareness and the need for early detection in order to save lives. Together, we have the opportunity to make a difference in the world of oral cancers. Please join with us.

How to Get Involved

This year we have decided to plan out April Awareness Screening Events a little differently than in the past. We feel as though setting aside 3 hours one day out of the month, as we have asked in the past, has not been very beneficial to dental offices. Many offices have gone a new route – offering screenings throughout the entire month of April by appointment only. Giving interested patrons the opportunity to call your office directly to schedule a time to come in. This year we are asking all dental offices to do the same! This will give your office the ability to schedule patient screenings in between currently scheduled patients, allowing for more oral screenings to be completed, making the most of the staff’s time, as well as spreading awareness and saving lives throughout the month of April in communities across the country. Of course you are more than welcome to carve out time in one day or several throughout the month, dedicating specific times to oral cancer screenings. It is truly the preference of your office and staff.

Opportunistic screening is our best hope of reducing the death rate from this disease. OCF will support you with the materials that you need to conduct the event, as well as list your office on our heavily Googled event calendar, which will help you get exposure in your community. We will also provide you with ideas on how your office can promote its event, which is key to getting a great turn out.

By participating in oral cancer awareness month, you are not only offering a positive service to your community but it is also a great way to build your practice. Many people that come in for screenings will turn into regular patients and may even need additional dental work done.  All offices that participate this year will receive a certificate of partnership with the Oral Cancer Foundation and Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Perfect to frame in your office, letting all of your patients know you are a dental office that cares about your patient's health and is actively involved in oral cancer screenings.


Click on the link below to schedule your event. Make sure to check the tab marked “Create Recurring Event”, if you plan to offer screenings throughout the month. Multiple months are welcome as well!

Please reach out to Natalie Riggs at with any questions you may have.

Add Your Event Today

Materials Provided

We will be sending all participating free screening sites the following materials:

  • Patient Education Brochures covering risk factors, signs and symptoms
  • Activist Buttons for the staff
  • Official oral cancer awareness wristbands for the staff
  • Certificate of participation in oral cancer awareness month free screening event

Forms Available for Download

  • Press release
  • Screening release form
  • Referral Forms
  • Ideas/Suggestions on ways to market your event
  • Poster for promotional use

Available Downloads

Please note that each form provided above is to be customized by your staff with information from your office. We want to stress the importance of promoting your free screening event in order to get the public to attend. While, OCF will be issuing a national press release driving the public to our event calendar, it is still essential to market your office within your community. We have provided ideas and suggestions of ways to endorse your free screening event. Please plan ahead, and take the time to take advantage of these suggestions.

We thank you for your participation! The OCF Team

Become an OCF Member

Let your patients and community know you are a concerned and involved dental practice by displaying your OCF membership plaque in your office. We will also provide you with more patient education brochures, a lapel jacket button as well as a copy of “Oral Cancer: The Dentist’s Role in Diagnosis, Management, Rehabilitation and Prevention” by Robert A. Ord.

One of our mission's and that of the dental and medical community is to raise people's awareness of a disease that is taking a life every hour of the day in the US. We encourage medical and dental offices as well as treatment facilities and hospitals to routinely have days in which the public may come to their office or facility and receive a simple visual and tactile screening at no charge. So while it is important that the national awareness month (April) has hundreds of offices and doctors opening their doors to the public, the disease does not go away in other months. Please consider having routine public screening days throughout the year as your practice and facilities schedule will allow. The foundation's calendar system will accept your screening events all year long, our staff will help you understand how to properly promote your event, and we will provide you with the necessary forms, posters, and educational handouts that you need to have a successful event. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call the foundation and discuss with our staff your needs and ideas to be engaged in this important effort.

Click HERE to become an official OCF Member

Get Involved

As a private individual, company, or member of the medical dental profession, do you have a blog, a web site, or other vehicle in which you can reach out to others? The viral spread of the oral cancer message, and a need for national attention to a disease that is growing in incidence every year, and which many knowledgeable treatment professionals are using the word epidemic to describe, can cascade public awareness into positive change.

Put a link on your site to the Oral Cancer Foundation to raise awareness of the diseases. Grass roots viral spread of the idea is an inexpensive means to achieving our goals of reduce deaths from oral cancers through early discovery. A couple of simple facts such as; 100 new people in the US EVERY DAY will be newly diagnosed with an oral cancer, and that one person EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY, 24/7/365 will die from it will help people understand that it is not rare, and screening for it is as important as their their cervical, prostate, breast and other exams cancer exams that are now so common to us all. With the billions of web sties, and social networking entities like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. out there, will you help make this message go viral?

Help us spread the word about oral, head & neck cancer awareness month by posting this banner or your blog or web site. Just copy the code below the banner and paste it into your desired page. If you use Twitter please press the button.

Help promote Oral Cancer Awareness Week on your own web site

Copy the code in the window below and paste it on your web site, blog etc. to help spread the word about this national effort.

Spread the word about the Oral Cancer Foundation

Copy the code in the window below and paste it on your web site, blog etc. to help spread information about the disease, and the work of OCF.

Learn more about what a proper oral cancer screening is like from a lay persons perspective.

OCF's Partners for the 2014 Oral Cancer Awareness Month

In 2014, LED the manufacturer of the VELscope Screening Device are the foundation's Platinum Partner Sponsor. LED's generous financial grant has underwritten the costs of all the supplies used in this years campaign. We are indebted to this firm for their generousity.

All of OCF's partners have worked hard to contact their members and customers to make this year's screen month a success. If your organization wishes to become an official partner of the foundation and the oral cancer awareness , please contact the foundation's director, Brian Hill, at 949-723-4400 (Pacific time zone)

Professional Dental Organizations

Corporate Sponsors

University Partners