Oral cancer is caused by the use of alcohol, tobacco, excessive sun exposure on your lips and exposure to HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), which causes cervical cancer in women.

Lower your risk:

Most oral cancer is preventable. 75 percent of oral cancers are related to tobacco use, alcohol use, or use of both substances together. Using both tobacco and alcohol puts you at much greater risk than using either substance alone.

Do not use tobacco products — cigarettes, chew or snuff, pipes or cigars.  Tobacco in all forms plays a role in oral cancers.

If you drink alcohol, do so only in moderation. Excessive alcohol use can increase your risk of oral cancer.

Use lip balm that contains sunscreen. Exposure to sunlight is a risk factor for lip cancer.

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables as part of a low-fat, high fiber diet may help reduce cancer risk.  The National Cancer Institute suggests eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

There is not a cure for oral cancer. The key for life saving treatment lies in early detection. The only way to save lives is to get the message out and that is the mission of The International Oral Cancer Association. You can help save lives by your donations. Every dollar donated by you will count to get us closer to our goal, saving a life every hour.


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The key to prevent oral cancer is to educate the population about this disease. Early detection is the key to fight oral cancer. It is much easier to cure oral cancer when it is in earlier stages than later. Oral cancer can be deadly or disfiguring if not detected

early. Your unrestricted gifts are the key to fund research, find newer ways for early detection of oral caner, and raising awareness. Please help fight such deadly yet under publicized disease.

Every dollar counts when it comes to save a life every hour.


Your donations will go toward:

  1. Educational pamphlet to be distributed at schools, hospitals and public libraries locally and nationwide.
  2. Sponsoring speakers for oral cancer seminars.
  3. Plan free oral cancer screening.
  4. Fund for oral cancer research.

Provide dental care and dental hygiene educational programs for children.

Current screening devices:

Although there is a global oral cancer burden due to the lack of improvement in decades, but there are ways to detect this silent killer early.

  1. Brush biopsy
  2. ViziLite Plus, MicroLux DL
  3. Velscope
  4. Trimira OCS 3000

Either one of the devices mentioned above are only tools for screening and not designed to diagnose oral caner. They result false negatives if not used appropriately. Ideal screening is conventional visual oral tactile exam at the dental office first. Visiting a pathologist in suspicious cases is highly recommended. A second opinion can save you a lifetime. Do not wait and watch the cancer grow in your mouth.


Together we fight oral cancer. Together we save a life every hour.