The Oral Cancer Foundation

Rating: 4.98 stars   319 reviews

Issues: Health, Cancer

Location: 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.
Results: *WINNER OF THE 2009 CANCER FIGHTERS AWARD FOR SMALL NON-PROFITS* CURRENT CAMPAIGNS Rodeo - Tobacco Outreach - "Be Smart. Don't Start." In 2014 our first rodeo spokesperson joined OCF; Cody Kiser, a young, personable, up and coming bareback bronc rider. Cody and OCF founder Brian Hill began a program of doing interviews at rodeos or by phone after Cody’s competition in the arena with local print media. The message from Hill, an oral cancer survivor, and Cody, a rodeo cowboy that believed in rodeo as a family oriented event where tobacco wasn’t a contributing part of the mix, was simple. Tobacco eventually brings bad things into your life, and you can be a great competitor and cowboy/athlete without it. The foundation worked with photographers to not only capture the excitement of a wild 8 second ride on a horse that wants to put you on the ground, to showcasing the message and branding that Cody wears on his safety vest and shirts into the arena competition. The idea, particularly Cody’s compelling story of wanting to do good in the world while following his passion of traveling to rodeos to compete each weekend, was an immediate success. That human interest story, coupled with facts about tobacco and nicotine addiction, and the dire oral cancer element, was a story that resonated with people. Almost immediately it attracted national attention in venues like the largest print magazine in circulation in America; Parade, to front page stories in local newspapers like the The Idaho Press Tribune and PRC Rodeo. 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 you have an 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. Together, we can make a difference! Together, we can give oral cancer a voice! If you would like to be part of the change, please email Jamie O'Day - jamie@oralcancerfoundation.org. Oral Cancer Awareness Month - April 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. 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.
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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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1 person found this review helpful

I learned of my stage 2 tonsil cancer Dec 2003 and found the OCF webstite. It was the best source of information and support that I had. I found several members who had a similar experience that could tell me what was going to happen the impacts, the do' and dont's and what to expect which was very helpfull. It reduced a lot of anxiety and made it alot easier by knowing what to expect and the success of others. Everyone should be lucky enough to have this tool as a resource for any major illness.

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Peoples response to the postings and the releif it gives them.

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

Do what they are doing

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Information and support from all the memebers

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

None

Ways to make it better...

I could get closer to some of the people that responded to me

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting people to know of the organization

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2009-1-01

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I was diagnosed with stage IV tonsil cancer in November 2008 - this web site has been a source of inspiration and hope as well as a resource for helpful information for me and my family God bless you for creatinga nd maintaining this site

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my life. When I was frightened it gave me hope. When I was so sick from the chemo and radiation that I was ready to quit it gave me the strength to keep on. When I was struggling to recover from the aftermath of the treatment it gave me help

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2009-7-01

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The diagnosis of oral cancer was devistation to me and my family. None of us had much knowledge or knew what to expect. My treatments immobilized me and my daughter found the OCF and used it for knowledge and also made a lot of friends who were going through similar experiences. The foundation is priceless along with all it's members.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the knowledge given about this disease.

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

not change anything.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the members willing to share their experiences.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

super! Posts are monitored and if something didn't appear to be correct, the monitor gave his opinion.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Advertise. I'm sure there are a lot of people who would benefit from the knowledge shared.

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I learned about this site earlier,

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the word out.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I appreciate the help this site has given me and my family.

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2007-8-01

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When my husband was diagnosed with oral cancer in 2007, we were confused and devastated. I searched the internet for information and found myself coming back again and again to the OCF web site. The information I found there was invaluable. I turned to the Forums when he was undergoing radiation, and found many helpful suggestions for making his journey a little less devastating. We have found practical advice and comfort in the words of fellow survivors on the OCF Survivor/Patient Forum.

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providing help to people at a very frightening time in their lives.

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2009-7-01

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I am a caregiver to my wife who was diagnosed with oral cancer one year ago. I found the OCF website in the middle of the night while searching for answers. It has become the first place I turn to when facing new symptoms, problems or concerns. There are many available to offer answers and support as unfortunately, they have experienced the same situation in the past. I am far from any type of medical expert but thanks to others at the OCF, I can understand what my wife is dealing with and has in her future. Although my wife is losing her battle with this disease, OCF has helped ease some of the pain. I only hope that I can have the strength that those at OCF demonstrate helping others after experiencing the pain.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, knowlegeable, concerned and willing to share their experiences and feeling during difficult times.

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My daughter Heather was diagnosed with oral cancer at age 28. She fought valiantly for 13 months, before succumbing at age 29. I knew nothing about this disease and would have been lost had I not found The Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF). The Patient/Survivor Forum on the OCF website is phenomenal, full of people who have either faced the disease themselves or have been caregivers to those who have. Always willing to share their knowledge and compassion, these people became my lifeline. Brian Hill, the founder of OCF, is a tireless crusader, intent on bringing oral cancer awareness to the world. His efforts so far have saved many lives. Like the energizer bunny, he just keeps on giving and giving and giving. He finally has some help, but for several years, he ran the OCF practically single-handed, with just the help of his wife Ingrid and an occasional volunteer. Brian is the backbone of OCF. His efforts are awe-inspiring. Brian IS OCF. This is his life. Despite personal travails, he has made it his life's mission to eradicate this disease.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the help that I and many others have received during the difficult cancer journey.

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

do absolutely nothing differently.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the help I received during Heather's treatment, the compassion I received upon her death, knowing that I could reach out at any time of night or day and someone would be there to offer comfort, knowledge and support.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

some of the kindest, most warm-hearted people I know.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help a lot more people. It could educate more dentists to the importance of regular screenings. It could fund more research. Mostly it could generate more awareness, which is crucial, because awareness saves lives.

Ways to make it better...

I had found the Oral Cancer Foundation sooner.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funding and lack of public awareness.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I wish I had more money to donate to this great organization, so they could help save more lives. No one should have to suffer like my daughter did. This is a horrible disease and I only wish there were more Brian Hills out there to fight it.

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2009-4-01

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I can only applaud The Oral Cancer Foundation for its informative website and support that is made available through the caring members on the message board. My husband was treated for tonsil cancer in 2002, but a recurrence appeared in September 2006. During the recurrence, I found the OCF website and message board, returning to it time and time again for valuable information. Cancer in any form is very, very scary. It is only through an organization such as OCF that we battle-weary caregivers and victims can find some safe harbor. My husband is in good health at the present time, and we are continually grateful. However, the thoughts of the disease and its impact on our lives visits me daily. Thanks, Loretta Wheeler

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the ability to navigate the difficult waters of cancer treatment.

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

nothing

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the support from other victims and caregivers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

NA

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

broaden its outreach and support research efforts.

Ways to make it better...

nothing

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

having adequate resources.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this group is great.

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2007-1-01

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In 2003 I was diagnosed with oral cancer. I was terrified and, although, I am an RN, I knew precious little about it and had nowhere to turn. I was lucky enough to find a surgeon, Eric Dierks, who recommended this site. I found more information and moral support here than anywhere. We walk the walk and talk the talk. I honestly do not know what I would have done without OCF.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Many of the patients and families who received support.

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

Hire Brian Hill!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The friendships and support I received.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very strong and kind

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Wipe out Oral Cancer

Ways to make it better...

I could have reached out and touched more patients.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

recognition for the work they do

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you for listening to me.

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Honest and realistic responses. Well moderated. Good research and medical sections. Members are extremely supportive to all. Safe place to post all concerns. Excellent preparation regarding what to expect during tx and questions to discuss with medical team.

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being prepared for the difficult period immediately following radiation treatment. Otherwise, I might have lost my mind.

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2009-7-01

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Oral cancer? Never heard of it until my husband was diagnosed with stage IV squamous cancer in 2007. When I went on the internet to look there wasn't much out there on this what I now know to be epidemic cancer. The OCF and Brian Hill were saviors to me. Through each step of the uncertain course we were on I could reach out to OCF and find advice on what to expect, tips and everything else to get BOTH of us through this. The OCF is the best, most informative and most supportive website/foundation on this growing affliction. This is a cancer that is growing but unpublicized. OCF saves lives of those with cancer and their caregivers Thank God for OCF.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my husband who got through treatment, learning to eat again, and live life to 99% of his pre-cancer self and the strength it provided to me as his sole caregiver.

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

keep on Brian Hill and others who have been through the experience. And its one thing to hear from med staff its better to hear from survivors and caregivers. Things I learned from OCF were the copied by the med staff treating my husband.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

No matter what our dilemna or problem...there was a group on OCF to help.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Saints!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Go beyond my imagination!!!!!!! Change the world!

Ways to make it better...

OCF could not have done more. They need to be supported to continue to keep up with new treatments, alternatives etc with this insideous disease. They were instrumental in getting my husband back to a normal life!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The public does not understand how prevalent this cancer is, how complicated it can be and that HPV is now a big connection to its cause. Even eradicated from a person it can have debilitating effects on quality of life.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Without OCF I would not have my husband today and I marvel at where he has been and come from. OCF gives caregivers the tools to do what can be done to really get the patient fully functioning. And for those who can't gove the beset life alternative

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2008-1-01

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