Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) is a professionally- led “call to action” programme to eradicate oral cancer, strive for a ‘cancer free-India’ and thus improve the oral health of Indian by 2020.
India has one of the highest incidences of oral cancer in the world, as 4 in 10 in all cancer are oral cancers. The high incidence of oral cancer and oral pre-cancerous lesions in India has long been linked with the habit of betel quid chewing incorporating tobacco. Statistics show that annually 130,000 people succumb to oral cancer, which translates into approximately 14 deaths per hour.
After analyzing the gravity of the issue of oral cancer IDA initiated the Spot Prevent Oral-cancer Trauma (SPOT) Centres, a network of connected clinics under OCF banner, vital pipelines that carry out OCF’s mission of screening for early cancer detection. These clinics are run by dental professionals who are certified as OCF specialists, trained to screen and manage precancerous lesions to prevent oral cancer. Counselling for simple lifestyle changes and regular screening can bring down mortality of individuals.