HNCA is hosting its 21st annual Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week® (OHANCAW®) April 7-14, 2019.
For more than two decades, HNCA and our partners have worked together to raise awareness and save lives by hosting community health screenings to promote early detection. Thank you to our 400 health partners who screened tens of thousands of individuals in 2018. We look forward to another successful year of teaming up with hospitals, medical & dental clinics, and community organizations worldwide to provide oral, head and neck cancer screenings and awareness events in 2019.
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Why Host a Screening?
Screening 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
HNCA makes it easy for you and your organization to participate. We provide the promotional and education materials free of charge, and you organize the staff and volunteers. By signing up to host a screening at your medical or dental office, center or institution, you will receive a screening kit that includes:
- HIPAA compliant screening forms
- Promotional materials (posters, t-shirts, local media kit)
- Publicity Guide to get your community involved
- How to Host A Screening, a guide to help prepare your team for what to expect during a screening
These materials will arrive at your institution well in advance of your screening event, so you will have help along the way as you navigate through this important and worthwhile life saving program.
Registration is now open!
While most screenings will take place during Pinnacle Week (April 7-14, 2019), we welcome your partnership at any time of the year. If you’re unable to host a screening in April, please consider hosting an event at another time in 2019. HNCA is pleased to offer the same educational and promotional support—free of charge—for all screenings offered in 2019.
Signing up to host a screening is easy. Just follow these steps:
To get started, log in (if you've hosted a screening event previously) or create a host account (if you are a first-time host).
Register your screening event(s). HNCA will review your submission, and then publish it to our Screening Locations page and our Events Calendar.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We will also ensure national publicity to accompany your screening event, including a new national spokesperson each year. Our 2019 spokesperson will be announced soon! Stay Tuned!