Many have called oral cancer an "orphan disease" since no one until now has come forward to adopt the cause and champion its defeat. A killer who takes more lives than commonly known diseases such as cervical cancer and skin cancer, it has gone relatively unchallenged. For decades there has been little or no improvement in the numbers and statistics which count its deadly existence. There has been little effective effort to increase the publics' awareness of this disease, and how they can reduce the risk of oral cancer touching their own lives. Professions who have had the ability to decrease the morbidity and death rate through early detection have not involved themselves adequately in efforts to do so. It is time for a change. We ask you to join with us in our efforts to educate the public to the risks, and to create in their minds an understanding of the need for an annual screening to find oral cancer at its earliest stages of development when it is most survivable.
Please add your voice to those encouraging the medical and dental professions to aggressively become involved in its detection at these curable stages. We need you to join with us in the implementation of initiatives in prevention of the disease through education of our youth and those most at risk of developing oral cancer, and to help search for improved methods and technologies to discover, diagnose, and cure oral cancers by funding appropriate research. Through your membership and donations, you will contribute to all these goals. You will become a vital partner and a voice in a chorus for change and healing.
At a time when many cancers are experiencing a reduction in incidence and death rates, oral cancers have increased 11% in 2007 alone, in 2010 we expect nearly 30.000 people to be diagnosed with the disease in the U.S. Because of the new viral cause of the disease, OCF expects the incidence rate to ramp up quickly over the next ten years to a point where clinicians and researchers will be using the phrase epidemic when discussing oral cancer.
The timing and need for funding could not be more urgent. Please click the link below and make a donation..... today.