"Early detection means everything with head and neck cancers. Before my 29 year old husband was diagnosed with tongue cancer I believed head and neck cancer was an older person's or smokers disease. Now I know anyone can get it."
"I believe that my success as a cancer patient is first due to the process of recognition on a basic level, that something in my body was not the same as it was and I was worse off."
Jessica Tar, National Spokesperson for the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance
"For me, it was about early detection. It truly saved my life. I had no other family history, no typical behavioral things you would associate with head and neck cancer. Because it was detected early, I survived.” Jerry, HPV positive head and neck cancer survivor
We save lives through prevention, early detection and research of head and neck cancers
Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA) is hosting its Annual Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week®, OHANCAW®, April 2-9, 2017 and looks to another record-setting year. Since the institution of OHANCAW®, millions of Americans and thousands internationally have undergone free screenings and many lives have been saved through early detection and treatment.
It involves an easy and simple process to host a screening event in your local community. HNCA provides the materials and the screening sites organize the staff and volunteers. The Commission on Cancer has indicated that hosting an OHANCAW® screening will help during its accreditation process as an OHANCAW® screening serves as a community event.
Be sure to register for the 2017 OHANCAW® today! To register your screening site and receive free educational materials for your OHANCAW® screening, click here.
Thank you to all partners and screening sites who have hosted OHANCAW® screening and awareness events. HNCA looks forward to working with all of you again this year.
HPV Vaccinations Can Help Prevent oral, Head and Neck Cancers
Dr. Cherie-Ann Nathan
HNCA Board Member and
Head and Neck Surgeon
Survivor of HPV-derived squamous cell carcinoma tonsil cancer
Survivor of HPV-related tongue cancer
Scott Vetter and
Discuss HPV-related head and neck cancers
HPV vaccination is recommended for boys and girls, at ages 11-12, to prevent the types of HPV infections that cause oral, head and neck cancers.