Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer, with nearly 50,000 Americans expected to be diagnosed this year. One person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day.

A recent and rapid rise in cases of oropharyngeal cancer has been linked to infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Oral cancer is particularly dangerous because it can go unnoticed in its preliminary stages. In many cases, however, dentists can detect the disease early, which makes the dental community the first line of defense against oral cancer.

Dentist and hygienist volunteers are needed to provide oral cancer screenings for the public during the AGD Foundation Oral Cancer Screenings community outreach. The screenings will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, June 8, in New Orleans, during the AGD2018 Scientific Session. 

As dental health professionals, we have an opportunity and responsibility to play an active role in educating our patients and the public about oral cancer prevention and screening. Join in the fight by volunteering to screen the public in New Orleans. When taken in conjunction with the Thursday morning or afternoon session of “Sex, Drugs & Oral Cancer,” volunteers can earn up to 6 hands-on CE credits. Volunteer today!

Download the volunteer form

Please note: The Louisiana Board of Dentistry may grant a provisional license not to exceed 60 days in duration for any dentist or dental hygienist who is in good stand­ing in the state of their licensure and who wishes to provide gratuitous services to the citizens of Louisiana. All volunteer dentists and hygienists, whether licensed in Louisiana or licensed out-of-state, must provide copies of their practice license and proof of professional liability valid during the dates of the oral cancer screenings.  Please provide copies of your documents with the Volunteer Form, to the AGD Foundation, by April 1, 2018. Do not send to the Louisiana Board of Dentistry.  Questions? Call Marilyn Mays, Manager, AGD Foundation, at 888.243.3368 ext. 4329, or email marilyn.mays@agd.org.

AGD Oral Cancer Resources 

AGD has a library of information readily available for you to use or share with your patients. Here are just a few of the many resources:

Patient Fact Sheet:

What You Should Know About Oral Cancer


The Rise of HPV-Related Oral Cancer: Exploring the Dentist’s Role in Preventing this Emerging Epidemic


Oral Cancer/HPV Awareness

Free on-demand webinars (for AGD members):

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Head and Neck Cancer

Tobacco's Harmful Impact on Oral Health and Cessation Opportunities

HPV, The Underestimated Cause of Oral Cancer