Review: The Oral Cancer Foundation

Cancer Websites, Oral Cancer — By on December 2, 2008 at 8:02 am

The Oral Cancer Foundation is a national public service, non-profit entity designed to reduce suffering and save lives through prevention, education, research, advocacy, and support activities.

One of the most common virus groups in the world today affecting the skin and mucosal areas of the body, is the human papilloma virus. Over 100 different types/versions of HPV have been identified. Different types of the human papilloma virus are known to infect different parts of the body.

There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer. One is through the use of tobacco and alcohol, and the other is through exposure to the HPV-16 virus (human papilloma virus), the same one which is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers in women.

Oral cancer is the largest group of those cancers which fall into the head and neck cancer category. Common names for it include such things as mouth cancer, tongue cancer, and throat cancer.
More than 34,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. This is the third year in a row in which there has been an increase in the rate of occurrence. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 34,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only half will be alive in 5 years.

This is a number which has not significantly improved in decades. The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, endocrine system cancers such as thyroid, or skin cancer (malignant melanoma). The Oral Cancer Foundation will contribute to the reduction of suffering, permanent physical damage and disfigurement, and death caused by this disease.

The Oral Cancer Foundation is a 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 their 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.

Visit: The Oral Cancer Foundation to learn more.

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