Mission and History
Our mission is to advance prevention, detection, treatment and rehabilitation of oral, head and neck cancer through public awareness, research, advocacy and survivorship. Through united and collaborative efforts, HNCA provides support to head and neck cancer patients throughout the year, supports ongoing research in head and neck oncology and educates children and adults in the disease process, treatment and prevention of oral, head and neck cancer.
As the premiere non-profit, HNCA Board Members have undertaken a new strategic plan to maximize our internal and external resources to become a “one stop center” dedicated to oral, head and neck cancers. Our structure allows us to have direct access to patients, caregivers, researchers, funders and clinicians all over the world.
Other medical and healthcare or government related organizations that work with us to promote the prevention, early detection, treatment and rehabilitation of oral, head and neck cancers include AACR, AAMP, AANP, AAO-HNS, AAOM, ADHA, AHNS, ASCO, ASHA, DRS,IACR, IAL, IAOMS, IFHNOS, RTOG, SOHN, SPAO-HNS and WHO. If your organization is interested in creating a partnership with the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, we welcome you to contact our executive director, Holly Boykin, [email protected]
The Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation was created by the late actor after an abnormality was found on his vocal cord in the 1980s. With the combined vision of Yul Brynner and the knowledge and experience of Dr. George Sisson, the Yul Brynner Foundation was incorporated in Chicago in 1984 for the purpose of educating the public about the harmful effects of tobacco and its relationship to mouth and throat cancer.
First medical publications find presence of the human papillomavirus (HPV) in oropharyngeal cancer. In the time since, much work has been done to establish correlation; however, causation is harder to prove.
The Association for Head and Neck Cancer Awareness was formed by Terry Day, M.D., in Nashville, Tennessee. The Association and the Yul Brynner Foundation combined efforts, propelling Dr. Day to be elected president of the Yul Brynner Foundation, the position he continues to hold with the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance.
The Yul Brynner Foundation organized and directed an annual Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, an international event designed to further the education of the public and health professionals on this disease.
The awareness week was officially changed to Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week® (OHANCAW®) to help publicize oral, head and neck cancers.
The Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation is officially named the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance.
Gardisil 4 became first FDA approved HPV vaccine for girls and women between 9 and 26, and boys and men between 9 and 21 years of age. More research is underway to establish relationship between HPV and oropharyngeal cancer.
Smash Cancer®, a tennis tournament fundraiser is created in Wilmington, NC. Proceeds benefit head and neck cancer patients directly by providing $50 gas cards to help with transportation to and from treatments. To date, proceeds exceed $100,000. In November 2015, a second Smash Cancer event will be established in beautiful Charleston, SC.
#OperationOral, a screening and social media campaign aimed at educating a younger generation (18-35 year olds) about the association between the human papilloma virus (HPV) and oral, head and neck cancers began this Summer. Dental students from the Medical University of South Carolina embarked on a cross-country screening tour to teach their generation about the link between the human papillomavirus (HPV) and oropharyngeal cancers, and the importance of yearly screenings and prevention.