American Indian Oral Cancer Prevention

Oral cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the mouth, lips, cheeks, gums, tongue, hard palate, tonsils and the throat. This disease is one of the top ten most commonly diagnosed cancers in American Indian and Alaska Native men. Increased risk factors for oral cancer often include commercial tobacco use, alcohol use, the human papillomavirus, excessive sun exposure, poor diet and low physical activity.

The American Indian Oral Cancer Prevention (AIOCP) Project provides educational materials and training resources for the Indian Health Service (IHS), and to tribal and urban dental workforces to encourage oral cancer screening and impact tobacco cessation services. To get your dental clinic involved in the AIOCP or to order print resources, please contact

Prevent Oral Cancer in Indian Country Resource

Oral Cancer Prevention Quick Tips

Oral Cancer Prevention Quick Tips helps dental clinic teams make sustainable changes so more American Indian and Alaska Native patients are screened for oral cancer. Our tips page includes oral cancer facts, prevention goals, resources to increase screening and success stories from dental clinics.

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Partner with the American Indian Cancer Foundation to raise awareness, increase screening and prevent oral cancer in your community. The Oral Cancer Awareness Month social media toolkit provides easy-to-use content, making it simple for clinics and organizations to learn, share, and engage throughout the month. Download and share the toolkit with your network to help prevent oral cancer in our communities! For more information please contact  

Media Toolkit