The Oral Cancer Foundation represents a disease that the American public in large part is still unaware of. That means that they do not know the risk factors which lead to it, some of which are avoidable; nor the signs and symptoms of it developing in themselves, which would facilitate self-referral to an appropriate medical or dental professional for diagnosis. Oral and oropharyngeal cancers are still found as a late stage disease the majority of the time because of this lack of awareness, and the lack of a national effort to engage in annual screenings. For those who will be touched by oral cancer, late staging at the time of discovery means significantly worse treatment related morbidity, and worse long-term outcomes. This cancer kills more individuals as a percentage of those that get it than cancers we hear about everyday. The treatments are brutal, and it destroys far too many lives each year. We must join together and give oral cancer a voice in order to save lives! The awareness of this disease must be increased.