Current Programs

Oral, Head and Cancer Awareness (OHANCA) Program

This program provides free screenings for oral, head and neck cancers in hundreds of locations throughout the U.S. and internationally.  In 2016, our 200-plus sites screened more than 20,000 individuals in more than 25 countries.  We anticipate these free screenings will be exceeded in 2017, as we already have more than 240 registered screenings sites for our Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week (OHANCAW®) and Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness (OHANCA).  We anticipate this figure will increase as the year progresses.

Gas Card Program

Due to the generosity of 3 donors, HNCA has a limited supply of $50 gas cards to help patients cover the transportation costs to their medical facility. The application is HIPPA compliant and is certified by a clinician/social worker then reviewed by an HNCA staff member for approval.  

#OperationOral Project

In an effort to minimize the impact of HPV related head and neck cancers on a younger generation, we have partnered with the partner with the Dental School at the Medical University of South Carolina to educate teenagers and young adults on the prevalence of HPV and the importance of getting vaccinated.  This social media campaign entitled #OperationOral follows two dental students from MUSC as they attend various social venues throughout multiple states including Colorado, Montana and California to name a few, as they interact directly with their cohort.  #OperationOral will provide free screenings as well as easy to read health education materials to kids and young adults to make them aware this disease. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Smash Cancer

Smash Cancer is an annual fundraiser started by The Howard Family, who lost both of their parents to head and neck cancer. This successful fundraiser has raised more than 100,000 in the past 6 years for the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance and provides gas cards for head and neck cancer patients needing financial help during treatment.

For more information, visit www.smashcancer.org

For more information on future programs and research, please contact Holly Boykin, executive director, at [email protected]

Speaker’s Bureau

At the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA), we strive to empower patients and survivors to share their journeys by understanding their disease, managing their treatment plan, celebrating their milestones and moving forward.

The HNCA Speaker’s Bureau is dedicated to educating the community at-large about these cancers.  Our speakers are cancer patients, survivors and/or caregivers whose inspirational journeys give true meaning to what happens when you are diagnosed with cancer, during and post treatment.  If your organization is hosting an event, conducting research on patient journeys or designing clinical protocols, contact HNCA at [email protected] to identify one or more speakers.