The Dental Oncology Education Program was created in the spring of 1992, with funding from the Texas Cancer Council and is sustained through funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. The DOEP Steering Committee includes representatives of various dental schools and organizations working together to control cancer of all types.
DOEP initiatives are directed at increasing the effectiveness of dental professionals in oral cancer prevention, early detection and the management of cancer therapy oral sequelae. Ideally, every dental office should be an oral cancer prevention and detection center. The DOEP seeks to unify cancer control efforts, provide lectures and resources on these topics.