Early diagnosis saves lives. That idea has been around since the 1930's, as seen in this poster printed in 1938 by The American Society for the Control of Cancer. Same is true with oral cancer. When found early, oral cancers have an 80 to 90% survival rate. Unfortunately at this time, the majority are found as late stage cancers, and this accounts for the very high death rate of about 45% at five years from diagnosis, and high treatment related morbidity in survivors. Late stage diagnosis is not occurring because these cancers are hard to discover, it is because of a lack of public awareness! So during the month of April, help OCF spread awareness of this terrible disease. Engage in conversations with your neighbors and the next time you're in line at the grocery store, post a message on your facebook status, pass out oral cancer brochures at your local dentist office. Whatever you do to spread the word, it will all add up play a role in helping us reduce the death rate from oral cancers!