Why Host a Screening?
Screening for and early detection of oral, head and neck cancer is now more important than ever. Oropharyngeal cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is on the rise in younger adults without traditional risk factors, and is on track to overtake the rate of cervical cancer by 2020. We know that HPV positive cancer carries a better chance of survival than HPV negative if it’s caught early and treated early, making screening for every adult imperative.
The statistics are staggering and further underscore the need for worldwide screenings. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, HPV prevalence in oropharyngeal tumors shot up from 16% during the 1980s to 73% during the 2000s. In 2014, it is expected that more than 120,000 people will be diagnosed with oral, head and neck cancers.
Easy as 1…2…SCREEN
The Alliance makes it easy for you and your organization to participate. By signing up to Host a Screening at your medical or dental office, center or institution, you will receive HIPAA compliant forms, promotional material (like posters, T-shirts, local media kits), giveaways and a staff person dedicated to ensuring your screening is a success.
You will also receive a Publicity Guide and Screening Guide Presentation Powerpoint to help prepare your team for what to expect during a screening and how to get your local community involved. These materials will arrive at your institution well in advance of your screening event, and you will have help along the way as you navigate through this important and worthwhile life saving program.
Some screening sites also participate in oral, head and neck cancer awareness events during the same week as the free screenings. Doing this yields more community involvement and further promotes early detection for these types of cancers. We encourage supplemental education and awareness events, and are here to help you in any way we can. Previous successful events include run/walks, benefit concerts and school talks. For more information, please email [email protected]
We will also ensure national publicity to accompany your screening event, including a new national spokesperson each year. Our spokesperson this year was NBA legend and tongue cancer survivor, Donnie Walsh. For more information about Mr. Walsh’s experience and why he says early detection saved his life, go to http://fox59.com/2015/04/11/former-pacers-president-urges-people-to-get-screened-for-oral-cancer/
Dr. Mike Moore, HNCA board member; Holly Boykin, Director of HNCA; Donnie Walsh, Pacers Consultant and survivor
To sign up your institution now, go to Host a Screening.
For more information, please email [email protected]