Almost all oral cancers start in the cells lining the oral cavity (the mouth). These cells, which are flat and scale-like, are called squamous cells. When a cancer begins in these cells, it is known as a squamous cell carcinoma. The structures of the oral cavity play an important role in speech, chewing, taste and swallowing. Oral cancer is part of a group of cancers called head and neck cancers. (Canadian Cancer Society Cancer Encyclopedia)
According to the Globocan Statistics 2012, 300,373 cases of oral cancer were diagnosed internationally and 145,328 people died from this disease.
For additional information about oral cancer, please go to the Canadian Cancer Society Cancer Encyclopedia.
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 patient support activities.
3419 Via Lido # 205
Newport Beach, CA 92663
The Mouth Cancer Foundation was established in June 2004 to support people with mouth, throat and other head and neck cancer. The foundation is based in the UK and is an important source of information for oral and head and neck cancer patients.
Top Floor, 1 Victoria Parade
Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3NB
T: +44 (0)20 8940 2222
F: +44 (0)20 8940 2250
The American Head and Neck Society (AHNS) works to advance research and education in head and neck oncology. Information is provided for both professionals and patients on clinical guidelines and patient education.
11300 W. Olympic Blvd, Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90064
You may find helpful websites and chat rooms on the Internet where you can find additional information about oral cancer and connect with other patients and survivors.
Founded in 2007, The Oral Cancer Awareness Foundation is an IRS 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to educating both the public and the professional health community about the alarming need for increased early detection of this horrible disease in order to provide improved outcomes of those diagnosed.
Oral Cancer Awareness Foundation
715 Freedom Plains Rd.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Attn: Dr. Hamburg – OrCA
E-mail: Donations and General information: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance seeks to enable an organized and strategic alliance of all stakeholders to dramatically shift the stage of discovery of head and neck cancers through united and collaborative efforts in prevention, early detection and research.
The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance’s mission involves:
- Providing support to head and neck cancer patients throughout the year
- Supporting ongoing research in head and neck oncology
- Educating children and adults in the disease process, treatment and prevention of head and neck cancer.
Head and Neck Cancer Alliance
PO Box 21688
Charleston, South Carolina 29413
Phone: 1.866.792.HNCA (4622)
Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC) is a self-help nonprofit organization involved in the development of programs of support. As such it can have an enormous positive impact on meeting the psychosocial needs of patients as well as preserving, restoring and promoting physical and emotional health.
The mission of SPOHNC is dedicated to raising awareness and meeting the needs of oral and head and neck cancer patients.