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The Oral Cancer Foundation

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Causes: Cancer, Health

Mission: The Oral Cancer Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 charity that works to provide information about this disease to the public and to medical and dental professionals, 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 24 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, the relationship of the HPV virus to oropharyngeal cancers, and immunotherapy treatments for oral and oropharyngeal cancers.

Results: *WINNER OF THE CANCER FIGHTERS AWARD from GNP as the BEST SMALL CANCER NON-PROFIT in AMERICA* Oral Cancer Awareness Month – April Oral Cancer awareness in the American public is low. Approximately 49,750 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer this year. Dental professionals 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 are young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV virus. We cannot stop this very common virus from spreading; our only hope to save lives is with professional involvement and public awareness of the benefits of a preventative vaccine. 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 reducing the historically late 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. The foundation Screens tens of thousands of individuals each April, oral cancer awareness month through are partners in the medical and dental community

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. OCF's founder Brian Hill sits on two NIH oversite committees, one on Immunotherapy in head and neck cancer at the NCI, the other on Long-term outcomes or oral cancer treatment and the NIDCR. Through these positions, we not only stay abreast of the current thinking in treatments and are able to disseminate that to our followers and the public, but we are able to influence research directions as well.

Community Stories

361 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Maureen J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2 Tamvonk

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Elizabeth225

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Gloria11

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5


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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After being diagnosed with T4 tonsil cancer I discovered OCF website. Sharing experiences with others who are at different stages of the journey, from diagnoses onwards and everything that involves, has been a huge factor towards helping me deal with my own battle. Now that I am in remission and doing well, I want to give the same help and support that people, who use this site have given me. This forum is amazing and I cannot recommend it enough to all people whose life changes overnight by the C word and their families.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Through this organization I receive much needed emotional support as I live through the oral cancer journey. Also it has given me factual information about my condition and helped me view my expectations realistically. We have a bond.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As soon as I was diagnosed on June 5, 2015 I hit the internet to learn all I can about my type of cancer and what I was potentially in for. The message board on this site and all of the literature has been a life saver and sanity saver! I am currently on there starting a new thread as I begin to prepare for a new phase of my treatment.

2 Jane87

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with tongue cancer earlier this year. Finding he Oral Cancer Foundation has been a wonderful resource and support for me. I cannot imagine having to go through this ordeal without this foundation!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family is very grateful for the Oral Cancer Foundation's work in supporting patients and their families as they navigate diagnosis, treatment, and survival, and for keeping the public abreast of research and and relevant news. The support forum has been particularly helpful. My mother was diagnosed with advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue, and through OCF, we have been able to research clinical trials, access other resources, and communicate with survivors and caregivers farther along in the process.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a dental hygienist, part of my daily job is to educate patients about oral cancer. The Oral Cancer Foundation has been an incredible resource for vetted, up to date, and reliable information related to trends, risk factors, current research and best practices. After volunteering at community screening events, one of my own family members was diagnosed with oral cancer and I was blessed that I was able to refer him to this foundation as he fought one of the toughest battles of his life. Information he received truly made a difference in his treatment decisions and thankfully he is alive and thriving today! With 24/7/365 access, OCF is truly a top rated non-profit serving the public, patients, and the dental/medical communities!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There are not all that many places to share the experience of having a portion of your tongue removed. Many less to share that experience with people who provide the support and encouragement that I found at the OCF. It is loaded with information, compassion and it's done with sincerity from people who have been there. It provided me with somewhere to go and people to turn to in some very dark and scary times. I will be sticking around to try to contribute in whatever way I can. I love the OCF!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My mom became a member of the OCF after her first battle with oral cancer. During my mom's nine year battle the OCF provided support, resources and friends that helped her endure. Unfortunately, my mom lost her battle with oral cancer in 2011. The OCF continues to be an amazing outlet for me to help spread awareness and promote oral cancer screenings. I am so grateful for the OCF and everyone associated with this foundation!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Words could not express the value of the Oral Cancer Foundation and it's impact on the lives of oral cancer patients and their families. As a speaker on the subject of oral cancer, I direct all healthcare professionals to the site. It is meticulously updated with the most current information complemented by a vast array of educational resources. However much more than that, is the ability of the foundation to advocate, relate and support those who are going through tremendous challenges in their lives.
The founder, Brian Hill knows first hand the devastation of the disease. His empathy and compassion are exemplary. He has had the ability to instill the same kindness and warmth in the team that he works with. This became evident when one of our own family members was stricken with late stage oral cancer and eventually succumbed to the illness. The team rallied and supported through every phase of treatment. Our world is a much better place with having the Oral Cancer Foundation in it.
Jo-Anne Jones, RDH

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) is the best source of information and support for those impacted by oral cancer. While some think this is a rare cancer, oral cancers will be newly diagnosed in about 115 new individuals each day in the US alone, and one person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. Approximately 43,250 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2014. Finding information and support for those newly diagnosed is difficult since this isn’t one of the “popular” cancers. The OCF website and support forum fills that gap. OCF provides reliable, accurate and updated information on oral cancer via their website main pages or through the on-line support group. The on-line support group is available 24x7 and gives you the ability to connect with others that have gone through what you are going through. Now I did not feel so alone!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Oral Cancer Foundation is the best source of information and support for those impacted by oral cancer. When I was first diagnosed with oral cancer, I knew nothing about it and had so many questions. Eventually I found the OCF website and it was just what I was looking for! Reliable, accurate and updated information on oral cancer which answered all the questions I had and was unable to find the answers for elsewhere. Also, the on-line support group is the best – available 24x7 and gives you the ability to connect with others that have gone through what you are going through. Now I did not feel so alone!

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1 Tracy51

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found the Oral Cancer Foundation when I was a terrified, newly diagnosed patient. The community forum and educational resources were invaluable to me then and through my treatment and recovery. As a three year survivor, I still often return to the community forum to both receive and offer support and information. I am so grateful to this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found the OCF website shortly after being diagnosed with oral cancer. The information provided on their website was very helpful when I was trying to grasp the enormity of the diagnosis. The Survivor/Patient Forum was an invaluable resource for both information and support. It is extremely difficult to sift through all the information that's thrown at you while still reeling from the news that you have cancer. The foundation provided me with the information that I needed in a clear, concise format that was invaluable at the time. The forum provided me with a place to talk with people who understood what I was experiencing. I was relatively young and had a new baby when I was diagnosed. The forum allowed me to meet and talk with other women who were in similar positions. I can't overstate the impact that had on me. It was such a gift to know that I wasn't alone.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When you are diagnosed with cancer, there are simultaneously dozens of places to get advice and no places at all. What that means is it is easy to become overwhelmed with information and to almost drown in it. Cancer is scary - so very scary - and having a place to go, a place where people have been through what you're going through, makes an enormous difference.

The people at the OCF foundation are in treatment, survivors of treatment, caregivers to those with this horrible disease and yes, are sometimes those left behind. They are a wealth of knowledge and support because they have lived it. When I was diagnosed I nearly drowned in statistics, information and general fear. These people helped me sort it out. They continued their support by answering questions and providing encouragement throughout my treatment and have done so whilst I recover.

Best of all, I know that if I post today, two months since I last posted, I would be greeted warmly and my questions or concerns would be answered promptly.

This is a great site -- one of the most important in the world if you have head or neck cancer, and one of the best in the world for those looking for love, support and strength through one of the toughest battles in life.