April 2017 Wrap-up

DEAR FRIENDS,

Thank you to all the 2017 Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week® (OHANCAW®) screening sites and their volunteers! This screening/awareness program allows us to educate various communities worldwide about Oral, Head and Neck Cancer symptoms and SAVE LIVES by identifying people who need follow-up care. Highlights of 2017 OHANCAW® are featured in the below newsletter article, “Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week® Expands Globally.”

ORAL, HEAD AND NECK CANCER PATIENTS ARE DIAGNOSED EACH DAY, PLEASE CONSIDER HOSTING AN EVENT ON ANOTHER DATE IN 2017. IF YOUR FACILITY WAS TOO BUSY IN EARLY APRIL, CONSIDER AN EVENT IN MAY, JUNE or PERHAPS THE FALL. SOME SITES HOST 2 EVENTS PER YEAR – SPRING AND SUMMER.

This past week, HNCA received over 30 calls from patients and caregivers regarding treatment questions, financial support, referrals and unfortunately some about hosting memorial tributes. Each call demonstrated why our organization exists and the increased need for early diagnosis, new treatments and more research.

In recognition of April’s Oral Cancer Awareness month, I had the honor to be a guest blogger for Cancer.Net. I hope you will find my own personal advocacy story, “Speaking Up for Head and Neck Cancer Awareness” in the online April 13th issue, insightful and an opportunity to learn more of HNCA’s good work.

Within the next month or so, I will be selecting the dates for 2018 OHANCAW®. I will be sure to share these important dates on our website, headandneck.org and in our July e-newsletter.

WARM REGARDS,

HOLLY BOYKIN​, MA CHE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR​


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As a decade-long survivor of stage IV tongue cancer and Founder of WesternOhio Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support, Hank refers to head and neck cancer as an “orphan” cancer: “Very little is known about head and neck cancer, and comparatively, it receives less attention than other cancers. HNCA is working to change this.Hank Deneski
Survivor of Stage IV tongue cancer and Founder of WesternOhio Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support

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