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. Oral cancer is one of the top ten most commonly diagnosed cancers in American Indian men. Oral cancer is caused by commercial tobacco use, alcohol use, the human papillomavirus, sun exposure and poor diet and physical activity.

The American Indian Oral Cancer Prevention (AIOCP) Project provides educational materials and training resources for the IHS, tribal and urban dental workforce to impact oral cancer screening and tobacco cessation services for dental patients. Are you a dental clinic serving American Indians who would like to learn more about the American Indian Oral Cancer Prevention Project or order print resources? Contact the clinic & community health program at

Prevent Oral Cancer in Indian Country Resource

Oral Cancer Prevention Quick Tips

The purpose of these tips are to keep your dental clinic team motivated to make sustainable changes so that more patients are screened for oral cancer. It will include oral cancer and screening facts, resources to help staff screen at every visit and success stories from other clinics.

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Partner with the American Indian Cancer Foundation to prevent oral cancer in your communities by celebrating Oral Cancer Awareness Month this April. We will be posting resources on social media, sharing Ask "a Dentist stories" and spreading awareness. AICAF has created an Oral Cancer Awareness Month social media toolkit for you or your organization to share important oral cancer resources with your network. Please feel free to share this toolkit with your community. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the contact clinic & community health program:  


Join AICAF for a #OralCancer411 Twitter Chat on April 11 from 1-2pm CST to learn more about ways to prevent oral cancer in your community.

Media Toolkit