BENSENVILLE, Ill., April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Oral Cancer Foundation Walk/Run for Awareness – Illinois will take place on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at Redmond Park in Bensenville, IL, on a 5K Certified Course. Runners, walkers and others may obtain more information, and register at http://donate.oralcancer.org/event/illinois2015. Every attendee will all be able to obtain a FREE screening for oral and head & neck cancers from a volunteer licensed professional starting at 8:30 A.M.
When found in the early stages, oral cancer survival rates are in the 80-90% ranges. Tragically, most of these cancers are found in later stages, where the survival rate dips to 43%. Nearly 50,000 people in the US will be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer this year. Many of these are young, non-smoking adults. Screenings are the best-known way to provide early discovery.
In addition to the run and walk, there will be raffles, a silent auction, refreshments, activities for kids, and live music. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
The CARA certified race will start at 9:30 A.M; the walk will start at 10:00.
Early registration is only $25-$30, and is open now.
About the Oral Cancer Foundation
The Oral Cancer Foundation, founded by oral cancer survivor Brian R. Hill, is an IRS registered non-profit 501(c)(3) public service charity that provides information, patient support, sponsorship of research, and advocacy related to this disease. Oral cancer is the largest group of those cancers that fall into the head and neck cancer category. Common names for it include such things as mouth cancer, tongue cancer, head and neck cancer, and throat cancer. OCF maintains a web site at http://www.oralcancer.org, which receives millions of hits per month. Supporting the foundation's goals is a scientific advisory board composed of leading cancer authorities from varied medical and dental specialties, and from prominent educational, treatment, and research institutions in the United States.
SOURCE Oral Cancer Foundation