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The Oral Cancer Foundation

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3419 Via Lido #205 Newport Beach CA 92633 USA

Mission:

The Oral Cancer Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 charity that works to provide information about this disease to the public, advocate for patients, and provide support services to them. OCF operates the world’s largest real time, patient-to-survivor interactive support service via the web, and the foundation’s main information web site, which contains thousands of pages of information, receives over 22 million hits per month. We are also sponsors of research, primarily in the area of detection mechanisms that facilitate the discovery of the disease at early stages when survival rates are the highest.

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*WINNER OF THE CANCER FIGHTERS AWARD FOR SMALL NON-PROFITS* Oral Cancer Awareness Month – April Oral Cancer awareness in the American public is low. Approximately 45,750 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. 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 us. Rodeo - Tobacco Outreach - "Be Smart. Don't Start.” Rodeo cowboy, Cody Kiser, and cowgirl, Carly Twisselman, have partnered with OCF to spread a simple message to the youth at rodeo competitions, “Be Smart. Don’t Start.” The foundation is a big believer that in order to solve problems, you have to become engaged where the problem lives. Kids look up to athletes, not just in rodeo, but major league baseball and elsewhere as “heroes” that they would aspire to be like. Unfortunately no hero is ever perfect. OCF has begun to program to put alternative role models out in the world of rodeo cowboys athletes, with the intention of reaching young people before they make addictive choices that will harm them later in life. With Cody and Carly’s support, we expect to have a larger presence in the rodeo world, and reach many more young people with our anti-tobacco message. Be Part of the Change: The RDH community is uniting to be part of the much needed change in early discovery of oral cancers. With their commitment to performing oral cancer screenings and being the first line of defense they have the opportunity to find cancer in its early stages. Early discovery and diagnosis, yields better long-term outcomes, and lower morbidity to those who undergo treatments. In addition to screening patients they see in their daily practice, we have partnered with hygienists across the county to build screening teams to perform free oral cancer screenings in their community. A combined effort between professional engagement and public awareness is essential in order to raise awareness of this silent killer and educate the public about the importance of an annual oral cancer screening.

Target demographics:

While historically the majority of people are over the age of 40 at the time of discovery, oral cancer does occur in those under this age. It is also now confirmed that in a younger age group, including those who have never used tobacco products, have a cause which is HPV viral based. The human papilloma virus, particularly version 16, has now been shown to be sexually transmitted between partners, and is conclusively implicated in the increasing incidence of young non-smoking oral cancer patients.

Geographic areas served:

USA

Programs:

Research - Understanding the Implications of Human Papilloma Virus Infection - particularly HPV 16, which is now responsible for the fastest growing segment of the oral cancer population. For over a decade OCF has funded core science which has helped us understand this new etiology. Work that has elucidated demographics, transfer mechanisms, future trends of the infection, treatment response, adn more have been produced by our decade long collaboration with Dr. Maura Gillison and her team. Advocacy - OCF was a leader in the effort to expand the use of the HPV vaccine for cervical cancer to young boys, testifying at the CDC vaccine boards over three years. With strategic partnerships formed with other organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the foundation finally achieved this goal. At the NIH, we have advocated for clinical trials in the area of head and neck cancers that our science board deemed urgent. These have included research to determine if the HPV protective cervical cancer vaccines would work as well in other HPV cancers such as HPV16+ oropharyngeal cancer, which is the fastest growing segment of the oral cancer population.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The Oral Cancer Foundation helps oral cancer patients and caregivers during their darkest days. Invaluable and correct medical info and support is given to those in need. This small nonprofit makes a nationwide presence with campaigns to bring oral cancer screenings and awareness of oral cancer to the general public.

 
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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Oral Cancer Foundation!!! Its is a very small nonprofit that has a worldwide presence. The Oral Cancer Foundation provides factual medical info and support to help oral cancer patients and caregivers. When a newly diagnosed patient joins the online support group, they have found a new "family". Members embrace them and offer encouragement and support thru all their ups and downs. I couldnt think of another organization anywhere that cares for each member like The Oral Cancer Foundation does. Im proud to be a member and also a volunteer.

 
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The Oral Cancer Foundation is THE BEST!!! It helps thousands of oral cancer patients and their caregivers each month. The public forum has hundreds of members who are always willing to help others. This organization is a great small nonprofit which helps so many.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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The Oral Cancer Foundation is the BEST!!!! It is THE place to turn to for correct medical info and support when diagnosed with oral cancer. The main site is full of important info and news stories about oral cancer. The public forum is made up of volunteers who will help the patient thru diagnosis, treatment and recovery with correct medical info and moral support.

OCF has helped me tremendously. If it wasnt for Brian Hill and the Oral Cancer Foundation I probably wouldnt be here today. When I was diagnosed with my 3rd round of oral cancer and it was Stage IV, I almost gave up. Brian and the kind Oral Cancer Foundations members helped me to understand I had a shot and to not quit before I even tried. A huge THANK YOU to both Brian and his creation, OCF!!!

I have been a volunteer for OCF for the past few years since my recovery from my third round of oral cancer. This organization is run on a show string budget and does wonders with what it has. OCF funds research studies to help current and future oral cancer patients. This is one great non profit!!!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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I found OCF in 2007 when I was diagnosed with cancer. They provided much needed information and additional support that was needed.OCF goes" above and beyond" what most other cancer related non-profits do for the cause. You can sign n 24 hrs a day and find answers and support from those who have been thru the same or similar treatment. OCF is there for anyone needing advice and support regardless of income or status.

 
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This is a model non-profit organisation which helps oral cancer patients, survivors and caregivers throughout the United States and in the wider world. It has helped me through two occurrences of oral cancer and I hold the managers and moderators in the highest esteem. They give information but also the emotional support that is necessary for us when we go through this devastating disease.

 
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I found the Oral Cancer Foundation in 2009 after major tongue surgery and returned there this year after a recurrence, another surgery and radiotherapy. My life would be a lot harder if I didn't have the Patient Forum to call on when times get tough. Other patients and dedicated volunteers give advice and support about all manner of treatments, especially radiotherapy which can be particularly dire when directed at the head and neck.

I'm impressed by the overall philosophy and tone of the site. The Forum is beautifully moderated and newcomers are welcomed with sympathy and ready answers to their questions.

It's also heartwarming to feel a link to oral cancer patients all over the world. No one wants to join the oral cancer community but if your life takes this path, the Oral Cancer Foundation makes it so much more bearable.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2014

 
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I found the Oral Cancer Foundation near the end of my Husbands radiation/chemo treatment for his Base of Tongue cancer. How I wish I had found the site earlier. Such a wealth of Information .
The Patient Forum was a god send. Such supportive and helpful advice on all manner of treatment and its side effects. I have given OCF's details to the ENT department at our hospital in New Zealand. I spoke to the Head &Neck cancer Nurse specialist too and really recommended that she look at OCF's site and that she pass on the details to all new Head&Neck cancer patients. The information is accurate and gives a great overview of treatment and what to expect. I found the support of other patients and their Caregivers incredibly helpful and supportive. This fabulous group got me through a recurrence too.
When dealing with a cancer, online support and advice is what you need. I found it at the Oral Cancer Foundation .

 
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Just a fabulous site. When we got the diagnosis of base of tongue cancer we knew absolutely nothing about this type of cancer and how it was treated. . I literally learnt everything I needed to know from this site and from its Patients Forum. Far more information and practical help than we ever got from our Oncology team. The support from other Patients and Caregivers was essential to our progress and to my peace of mind.
I simply could not have got through without the support of the Oral Cancer Foundation.
4 years later I am still getting advice and support. I recommend this support site to all.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2014

 
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My husband was diagnosed with stage IV Base of Tongue cancer in December 2010. Unfortunately I did not find the oral cancer foundation's web site until he had almost completed his radiation/chemo treatment. How I wish I had found this site earlier to guide us through all the stages of diagnosis and treatment. The information on this site is accurate and up to date. I have found and continue to find the advice of fellow members on the patient forum to be invaluable. Just to know that others too have walked this path and are surviving is so important to me.Unfortunately my husband has had a reoccurrence but I continue to get advice and strength from the members of this site. We are doing well now, but I check in on a daily basis - it is a lifeline.

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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The OCF is THE online resource for head and neck cancers. I found them during recovery after surgery and radiation, joined immediately and was instantly embraced into a caring and helpful family. There is a wealth of information there and I know they sponsor research and work with patient outreach all over the country and even abroad. But what really sets the foundation apart are the people. I urge any H&N cancer sufferers and their loved ones to make use of this amazing place.

 
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I found out about the Oral Cancer Foundation when my son was undergoing Radiation treatment for oral cancer. As I waited for my son to get back from his treatment, a young man sitting nearby came over to me and as he left for his own Radiation treatment, he smiled as he bent over and said to me, "Go to the Oral Cancer Foundation. They can help". I think often of this young man often and bless the day he led me to this wonderful organization. I don't know what we would have done without the kind and compassionate and knowledgeable help we received from everyone at the Oral Cancer Foundation. and all its volunteers throughout my son's treatment and beyond. In those early days of my son's recovery, I was online with the OCF many times throughout the day but no matter the time of day or night, there was always someone to help with never ending compassion and practical suggestions. They helped me over and over to help my son recover and to be strong for him. Day by day, I learned how to care for him and through the experience of others who were a little ahead of where my son was in his treatment, I was encouraged and was helped to learn what to expect at each stage. The research that this organization is part of is beyond amazing in what they have been able to do. I am so very grateful to Brian Hill, the founder for creating this tremendous organization.

 
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My son and I found the Oral Cancer Foundation almost 8 years ago when he was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Cancer. Without this organization I don't know what we would have done. We found all the latest information, plus the support and compassion from members who had direct experience with oral cancer. Over the years I've been amazed how this site continues to keep us informed about all the latest research and information on Oral Cancer as well as the technical improvements to the site which makes it even more perfect than it already was! My son is cancer-free now but does have long term issues as many patients do, so we continue to benefit and learn from all the developments and issues related to the effects of radiation treatment which he received. I am so very grateful to Brian Hill, the founder of OCF and to all the wonderful people who make this the great organization that it is.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Cannot think of a single thing that needs changing - just the continuing wonderful caring and informational support given to anyone and everyone who comes to the Oral Cancer Foundation.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2014

 
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When my son was first diagnosed with oral cancer, I was filled with anxiety and worry over what was happening to him. Searching online only frightened me more until I found the Oral Cancer Foundation soon after his surgery and just as he started Radiation Tx. Throughout his treatment, I found a wealth of of all the latest information, compassion, and practical advice but even more, I found hope, and this kept me going throughout the incredibly brutal treatment my son suffered through on his road to being "cancer-free". My son is now 7+ years cancer-free but I am still with the Oral Cancer Foundation, trying to give back a little of what we received. I continue learn and be amazed at everything that is going on with the latest research and all the great individuals who share their knowledge and support with others.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes, just more of the same great attention to research, awareness, information and compassionate support!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2013

 
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When I found the Oral Cancer Foundation, I was sitting in the Radiation waiting room, feeling alone and scared and worried about my son who was in the Radiation room, strapped down to a table with a mask holding his dead in position and receiving his Rad Tx. Another young man just my son's age was called to receive his treatment, but as he passed by where I was sitting, he bent over and whispered to me "Go to the Oralcancerfoundation.org. They will help". And they indeed helped my son and me in every way possible - with the most recent accurate information available, plus the compassionate support from other survivors, sharing their own experiences and giving us hope, helping us daily and often several times a day. That was 7 years ago and my son is now cancer-free! I will never forget the young man in the waiting room who led me to the Oral Cancer Foundation. I continue to stay with this great organization to try to give back to others, the compassionate support and hope that was given to us.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2013

 
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When my son Paul, aged 33, a non-smoker, was first diagnosed with Squamous Cell Cancer, I was so anxious, it took me three days after his diagnosis before I could bring myself to punch the words “Squamous Cell Cancer” on my laptop and everything I saw on the internet frightened me and left me more confused than ever. Somehow Paul got though surgery and had started his Radiation treatments. Then, one day as I sat in the Radiation room waiting and worrying about what was coming next, a young man sitting next to me, bent over and softly said to me, "Go to the OralCancerFoundation.org" - and that was the start of hope, knowledge, compassion and surviving cancer for my son and for me as his caregiver. At the Oral Cancer Foundation I found all the latest in accurate information, plus great suggestions from compassionate people who, with their knowledge and experience helped us every step of the way. I came to them many times every day and there was always someone there to listen, to offer helpful suggestions and to point me in the direction of accurate information no matter what time of day or night it was. That was more than six years ago and my son is doing just great, now. I still visit the Oral Cancer Foundation Site several times a day and try to pass on to other caregivers and survivors what I’ve learned from the Oral Cancer Foundation and to keep learning and increasing my own knowledge base in the fight against Oral Cancer so that some day we can make Oral Cancer history.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2012

 
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I found the Oral Cancer Foundation’s online forum while going through treatment. The wealth of information and support that is provided is priceless. The foundation’s mission is designed to reduce suffering and save lives through prevention, education, research, advocacy, and patient support activities. Coping with oral cancer can be complex. Not only is the patient dealing with a life-threatening disease, but also with changes in physical appearance, speech, the ability to swallow and eat, smell and taste. I firmly believe in spreading awareness and getting screened because getting screened can literally be the difference between life and death. I don't know what I would have done without OCF.

 
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Over the years OCF has stayed at the head of the pack with new information and a most helpful forum. I have gained a lot of knowledge about head and neck cancers and have made a number of friends. It's so nice to know that many others care when I am in a time of need.

 
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Two years ago when my husband was diagnosed with base of tongue cancer, I was able to get all of the information I needed from the OCF website. I was able to ask doctors pertinent questions and raise questions about issues that the doctors had not thought to inform me about. Time and time again, the treating oncologists congratulated my husband on having a wife who kept on the "straight and narrow," -- something I could only do with the knowledge I got from OCF. My husband's cancer has since metastasized, it has been extremely helpful to me to know that I only have to reach out and the support is there for me on OCF.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2014

 
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My husband was recently diagnosed with base of tongue cancer. While his doctors and nurses have been extremely kind, there's no way they can spend the kind of time answering all my questions about the illness, treatment options and care-giving tips. I was lucky to find the Oral Cancer Foundation website where I can read about the experiences that others who have been through a similar experience and to learn from their insights. Coping with cancer is hard, but it is good to know that I am supported by a circle of friends who understand and care on the Oral Cancer Foundation website.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Definitely

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Very Well

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The Oral Cancer Foundation has helped me and my family with my fathers tongue cancer. The online message board has been a huge help in answering our questions and helping us to get my father thru some very dark times. I cant thank the dedicated volunteers enough for all the help they have given us this year. Other charities should be more like The Oral Cancer Foundation. They are the best of the best!!!

 
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OCF has been a life saver in helping me to get thru my fight with oral cancer. I cant say enough positive things about this small organization. They may be small but OCF helps hundreds of people from all over the world every week.

 
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