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CDC Webinar 2019

Perspectives on Oropharyngeal Cancer: Scientific Overview, Clinical Expertise, and Personal Experience Every year, over 33,000 men and women are diagnosed with cancer caused by HPV. While cervical cancer is the most well-known [...]

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Yankee Dental Congress – Boston, MA

OCF Booth Number: 2135 Date: JANUARY 31 - FEBRUARY 2, 2019 The Yankee Dental Congress is New England’s largest meeting for professionals seeking the best dental continuing education, as well as dental products, services, and [...]

CDA Presents the Art & Science of Dentistry – Anaheim, CA

OCF Booth Number: 1588 Date: May 16-18, 2019 Experience the nation’s premier dental convention next spring. Come learn new skills in practice management and clinical care while connecting with the best and brightest in dentistry.Whether [...]

American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) – Louisville, KY

OCF Booth Number: 115 Dates: June 21-23, 2019 ADHA's Annual Conference is the largest, most comprehensive and cost-effective event for dental hygienists in the U.S. ADHA’s Annual Conference is the only conference entirely focused on dental hygienists, [...]

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Shop on Amazon – Support Oral Cancer Research

Through Nov 2, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount) to Oral Cancer Foundation when you shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/33-0969026. #AmazonSmile #StartWithaSmile. Click the link - it's that simple 🙂 It doesn't cost you [...]

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Introducing OCF Answers Podcast

Welcome to Oral Cancer Answers, a production of the Oral Cancer Foundation, where we discuss disease-related issues of interest to patients, survivors, advocates, and medical and dental professionals. Our guests are drawn from a large [...]

OCF Answers Podcast

Oral Cancer Answers, a production of the Oral Cancer Foundation, is where we discuss disease related issues of interest to patients, survivors, advocates, and medical and dental professionals. Our guests are drawn from a large [...]

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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Dental associations urge the public to get regular oral cancer screenings, and to self-check between examinations--early detection saves lives! NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 2, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Every hour, 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year, someone dies of oral or [...]

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March OCF Newsletter 2018

The Oral Cancer Foundation is proud to announce the official launch of its North American campaign, "Check Your Mouth™". The initiative is built around an interactive website designed to help individuals learn to self-discover suspicious [...]

What does it take to make a difference?

** This is an editorial I wrote about 2005. So some of the numbers in it may be outdated. That does not mean they have changed for the better. I am reflecting on this today [...]

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RDH Under One Roof – Grapevine, TX

OCF Booth number: 309 Dates: July 31 - August 2, 2019 RDH Under One Roof is a three-day action packed event offering quality dental hygiene education. Dental hygienists learn from leading speakers in the industry [...]

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Oral Cancer Foundation December Newsletter

Thank You! As 2017 comes to a close, we leave behind an exciting and fulfilling year at The Oral Cancer Foundation. After nearly 17 years of helping to better the lives of those [...]

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OCF Founder’s Holiday wish

Brian Hill, OCF Founder/Executive Director and Stage IV Oral Cancer Survivor My wish is that in December this year the Oral Cancer Foundation can count on your help to fund our continued activities in 2018. [...]

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Check Your Mouth™ Campaign

The Check Your Mouth™ Campaign is a public service effort created by The Oral Cancer Foundation, with the hopes of creating an informed public which is able to self discover abnormalities that may be dangerous. [...]

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Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee

Many people over the years have joined OCF in our fight against Oral Cancer, but we now have a partner quite literally fighting for Oral Cancer Awareness –Gregory Copeland is using his passion of boxing [...]

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Vitamix and The Oral Cancer Foundation

Vitamix Partnership Treatments for oral cancers create eating and swallowing issues for patients. During treatment, radiation and chemotherapy create painful mucositis sores that make eating by mouth difficult to the extreme, and many times patients [...]

Bachelor Auction Raises Money for OCF

Don’t want to be alone on Valentine’s Day? Come to a bachelor auction! That’s right ladies, 30 bachelors have passed a screening test, ages 32-55, and will be strutting their stuff on Friday February 10, [...]

12 year old Elena bakes to raise funds for OCF

Elena Cohen of Easton PA is the 12 yr old daughter of Eva Grayzel Cohen, a stage 4 oral cancer survivor, now seven years out from her disease.  In preparation for her Bat-Mitzvah, Elena had [...]

An Oral Cancer Walk in the Heart of Tobacco Country

Like many dental professionals, Dr. Mark Pelletier and his staff at Premier Aesthetic Dentistry outside of Columbia, South Carolina had read numerous articles over the past several years discussing the surprising growth in the number [...]

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“Be part of the change™”

In the world of cancer one of the most impactful things that can take place is the earliest possible discovery that a cancer or precancerous condition is present. Early discovery yields less morbid treatments, and [...]

Rodeo – Tobacco Outreach

The foundation is a big believer that in order to solve problems, that you have to become engaged where the problems live. The western/rodeo environment in the US has had a long-term relationship with tobacco, [...]

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OCF in Africa Part 7, developing useful skills

Before the story of my surgical trip to Africa can continue, I need to explain something about what made me a suitable choice to be part of this effort. My story must go backwards a [...]

OCF in Africa – Part 6

It is important to understand what makes a great instructor. Throughout my life I have either taught or have been taught things where a lack of precision and mastery has wildly severe consequence. Out of [...]

OCF in Africa – Part 5

Many who are following this story are far removed from neck surgeries, and even those of us that have been through them really are not versed on what actually happens as we experience them under [...]

OCF in Africa – Part 4

When I was a much younger guy (when Moby Dick was a minnow) I was a pretty fair musician. 14 years of classical piano training under my belt made picking up the guitar pretty easy. [...]

OCF in Africa – Part 3

More selection day images. Besides the obvious visual and tactile exam, there were questions. Some of them seemed curious at first pass; what do you do for a living? You might wonder how that relates [...]

OCF in Africa – Part 2

There were so many in need when we arrived on site. Some had traveled for days to hopefully be chosen for a surgery. The day before the exams, and the selection of patients we thought [...]

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OCF in Africa

I'm still not sure what day it is or time zone it feels like, but I'm back in Boise after a drive from western Kenya to Nairobi over a washboard dirt road that would ruin [...]

Prelude to OCF in Africa

My departure is now only a few days away. While my preparation has taken a month, that part is over; and now a set of skills, long rusty, have been practiced to a point where [...]

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Dr. Mark DeLacure and The Oral Cancer Foundation

Dr. Mark DeLacure is a good personal friend and long term advisor to the Oral Cancer Foundation. While primarily a head and neck surgeon, his areas of expertise are so extensive, that OCF has been [...]

Dr. Anil Chaturvedi – OCF

At the Global Oral Cancer Forum with Dr. Anil Chaturvedi, from the National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch. His work addresses research questions on etiology and natural history [...]

Dr. Miriam Rosen OCF

At the Global Oral Cancer Forum faculty dinner at the beautiful home of Stan Bergman, the CEO of Henry Schein, who was the funding and initiative behind making this international meeting come to pass. More [...]

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Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium

Just wrapping a three day trip at the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium in Scottsdale, AZ. One of my favorite meetings each year as many of OCF's supported researchers are presenting their work here, [...]

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OCF Giving Tuesday – 2015

After Black Friday has passed, the official effort to raise funding for deserving charities on the Internet begins on #givingtuesday December 1st. It may be single digits outside, but nothing can cool my desire to [...]

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HPV research team a big OCF supporter

Dr. Gillison and I have celebrating more than a decade and a half of working together, as mentor and student, and of OCF donors sponsoring her breakthrough HPV research that completely changed our understanding of [...]

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Learning Outside of Class

Cathy Draper is an adjunct faculty member in the dental hygiene program of Foothill College, as well as the student advisor for the school’s American Dental Hygiene Association chapter. Concerned about more than just her [...]

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A Small Town That Gets Big Results

Rossville, Indiana may have only about 1,300 residents, but four of them are very special people. And all four work at Rossville Family Dentistry: Dr. Alice Sue Green, her daughter Dr. Jennifer Green-Springer, hygienist Shana [...]

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Philly’s Fourth Fantastic Fundraiser

The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine goes to great lengths to make a large variety of activities available to its students, and many of those activities are of a charitable nature. One year [...]

San Antonio Rose…to the Occasion!

San Antonio is known for many things, including the legendary Alamo, the beautiful Riverwalk, the NBA’s Spurs, and the Patsy Cline song, “San Antonio Rose.” And thanks to Elizabeth Sikon, it’s also developing a reputation [...]

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It Ain’t Braggin’ If You Can Do It!

Minutes after raising over $17,000 for the Oral Cancer Foundation during Nashville’s “Boot Scootin’ for Oral Cancer Screening III” walk one year ago, lead event organizer Nicki Raines predicted that the 2012 event would raise [...]

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NYU Says, “What Seven Year Itch?”

According to the classic Marilyn Monroe comedy The Seven Year Itch, the steam can supposedly go out of a relationship when it reaches the seven-year point. Fortunately, that phenomenon doesn’t apply to the relationship between [...]

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Johnny’s Angels

When Johnny Hayes passed away following a three-year bout with oral cancer on November 18, 2011, he left behind his wife Viola and his grown daughters Pamela, Darlene and Tiffany. These four most important women [...]

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David Nasto Memorial Walk for Oral Cancer Awareness

A Sister Honors Her Brother by Supporting Oral Cancer Foundation First Annual Memorial Walk Raises Over $10,000 to Promote Early Detection David Nasto was the kind of person many of us wish we could be. [...]

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Dental Lifesavers

(Please note that this editorial was written in early 2003 and some of the data and statistics about the disease and the foundation have change since it was published in Dental Abstracts magazine.) An oxymoron? [...]