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. The number of international sites participating has nearly doubled since 2016. This year, 20 international countries joined us to provide free screenings to their local community. The U.S. alone had 350 medical and dental clinics registered in the 2017 OHANCAW®. Learn more in the 2017 OHANCAW Overview.

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.

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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.

Your Cancer Game Plan

YCGP features Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback, Jim Kelly who talks about the importance of his cancer diagnosis and having a game plan during the Your Cancer Game Plan webinar. It is a national cancer awareness campaign that provides tips and tricks on their website to keep a nutritious diet, staying positive and communicating with your loved ones and physician doing your treatment for cancer.