The Oral Cancer Research and Coordinating Centre (OCRCC) was established to mainly conduct and coordinate research on oral cancer in Malaysia. This research centre was also set-up to be the disseminating centre for information on this disease. Various programmes such as seminars, workshop, and forums have been organised annually to keep up with the objectives of this centre.
A mouth cancer awareness week is an annual event carried out by the centre with the aim to increase public awareness on oral cancer. Oral cancer is a largely preventable disease as it usually occurs in visible areas of the oral cavity and influenced by certain social habits. Therefore, it is important to inform the public on early signs and risk factors of oral cancer.
The oral cancer awareness week was initiated in year 2006 where one week in mid-November is dedicated to carry out activities that will increase public awareness on the disease. This week have became a important event in the centre’s calender where activities such as mouth screening and poster exhibition will be carried out throughout the week at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya and various Ministry of Health dental clinics.