Welcome to The
Oral Cancer Initiative
Building a powerful community to fight oral cancer by providing free screenings nationwide and funding oral cancer research.
WORKING TOGETHER TO SAVE LIVES!
Oral cancer kills more than one person each hour in the USA.
Oral Cancer Initiative Provides Free Oral Cancer Screenings
“Oral Cancer can strike anyone, even non-smokers. Everyone must have routine examinations by their dental health professional, including an oral cancer screening. As with most malignancies, early detection is key to saving lives. For decades, oral cancer affected six men to one woman (6:1). Today this ratio has grown to 2:1 due to the increase of HPV version 16 and younger men and women who use alternative (smokeless) tobacco products.”
– Howard S. Glazer, DDS, FAGD, Cochairman Oral Cancer Dental Advisory Board.
Oral Cancer Initiative’s business model provides free oral cancer screenings through school districts and corporations nationwide. OCI held three events in the Greater Chicago area school districts during late 2019 and early 2020. Our volunteer dentists tested over one-thousand adults, ages 16+. (It is extremely rare for oral cancer to occur in children). Of those participants, fifty people exhibited positive signs of oral cancer. The staff of area medical organizations was present to help people understand the recommended next steps.
We had over eighteen screening events, including over 40 school districts committed to hosting oral cancer screenings through the first quarter of 2020. Due to COVID-19, all these screenings are on hold until we return to a medically safer time.
OCI will be hosting a nationwide virtual event in April 2021 during Oral Cancer Awareness Month. The Oral Cancer Initiative invites all dental professionals to participate. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCI’s Distinguished DENTAL ADVISORY BOARD
Oral Cancer Initiative is honored to be led by our acclaimed Dental Advisory Board members. Our Board members are distinguished in their professions and achieved leadership positions in the nation’s leading dental and orthodontic professional associations.
OCI IS ALSO COMMITTED TO FUNDING ORAL CANCER RESEARCH
Oral Cancer Initiative’s non-profit status allows us to save lives through support for free screenings, donations, and grants to increase oral cancer research funding. As we grow, so too will our research funding.
Our model is to act boldly and think big by offering large-scale free screening events to communities nationwide through school districts, large corporations, and organizations.
OCI's Mission is to:
Heighten Awareness of the Dangers of Oral CANCER
Save Lives Through Our Screening Events
Partner With Schools, Dentists, and Corporations
About Oral Cancer
Oral cancer refers to cancer that develops in the mouth. It’s a very aggressive cancer and estimated to kill 10,000 Americans every year.
Oral cancers are divided into two categories:
- Oral Cancer: Cancer of the oral cavity, which includes the lips, cheeks, teeth, gum, front of the tongue, and roof or floor of your mouth.
- Oropharyngeal Cancer: Cancer of the throat, which includes the tonsils, the base of the tongue, and the surrounding tissue.
HPV is also associated with throat cancers at the back of the mouth (which makes it difficult to detect), most notably with young women. The most common denominator in HPV transmission is oral sex which can lead to an increase in oral cancer. This is why oral cancer screenings and early detection are key factors in saving lives.
Join Our Efforts
Learn How Your Dental Practice, Corporation, or School District Can Join our Efforts
Oral Cancer Initiative invites the entire professional Dental Community to join our fight to save lives by increasing oral cancer screenings. We are reaching out to school districts nationwide to help OCI host free screening events. These screenings are available to all adults 18-years-old and over. OCI also works with large corporations, and organizations committed to the health of their employees and the communities they serve.