We were proud to be part of the annual Oral Cancer Foundation Walk for Awareness. All the proceeds benefit The Oral Cancer Foundation. This foundation is a national public service, designed to reduce suffering and to save lives through prevention, education, research funding, advocacy, and patient support activities. Approximately 54,000 people in the US will have been newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2022. This includes those cancers that occur in the mouth itself, (salivary gland cancers, tongue cancers, mucosal soft tissue cancers), in the very back of the mouth known as the oropharynx, (primarily tonsil and tonsillar crypt and base of tongue), and on the exterior lips of the mouth.
For more than a decade, there has been an annual increase in the rate of occurrence of oral and oropharyngeal cancers. This is expected to continue as there is no national screening policy or protocol, and the risk factors for the disease continue to be relatively unchanged. Help our efforts to prevent and treat oral cancer at oralcancer.org.