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Oral Cancer Foundation

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https://oralcancerfoundation.org Tax ID 33-0969026

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The foundation is an IRS registered non-profit 501(c) 3, public service  charity designed for advocacy and service, created to promote change,  through proactive means, in both the public and medical/dental  professional sectors. At the forefront of our agenda is the firm  establishment in the minds of the American public for the need to  undergo an annual oral cancer screening, combined with an outreach to  the dental and medical communities to provide this service as a matter  of routine practice. Oral cancer takes more lives than cancers we  routinely hear about, such as cervical, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, skin  (malignant melanoma), testicular, and many others. In the efforts to  reduce the death rate from cancers in the US, the most significant  progress has been made through early detection. Cervical, skin,  prostate, and others that lend themselves to simple, opportunistic  screenings and exams have all had their death rates reduced through  programs promoting early discovery. Early discovery and diagnosis,  yields better long-term outcomes, and lower morbidity to those who  undergo treatments. Oral cancer is not hidden within the body in some  hard to find location requiring an invasive examination, the majority of  the time it is literally in plain view, right under your nose, and can  be seen with the naked eye or felt with the fingers. In most cases, its  early, highly survivable stages are easily detected in a 3 to 5 minute  painless visual and tactile examination. Even the precancerous lesions,  which can progress into malignancy, can be seen with the naked eye. An  annual oral examination conducted by members of the dental and medical  communities will have a definite impact on reducing the death rate  associated with oral cancer. It is our mission to bring this about.