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Quitting Tobacco

Tobacco use, including cigarettes and chewing tobacco, is one of the biggest risk factors for developing head and neck cancer, specifically cancer of the mouth, throat, and voice box. Approximately 85% of head and neck cancers are linked to tobacco use, and depending on the frequency of the tobacco use, it can negatively impact the.


The Changing Face of Head and Neck Cancer

Oral, head and neck cancer refers to cancer that develops in the mouth, throat, voice box, sinuses, nasal cavity or salivary glands. In 2020, it is estimated that 650,000 people will be affected by head and neck cancer (HNC) worldwide. Globally, there are roughly 330,000 deaths due to HNC each year. Smoking and drinking have.


Quitting Alcohol

Moderate to heavy alcohol consumption is a major risk factor that can lead to development of head and neck cancer, especially cancers in the mouth, throat and voice box. When tobacco usage is combined with alcohol consumption, the risk of developing head and neck cancer increases by 15-18 times more than individuals who don’t smoke..


Mental Health Issues in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Caused by the COVID – 19 Pandemic

By: Itzhak Brook, M.D. MSc., HNCA Board Member, HNCA Ambassador, Throat Cancer Survivor and Laryngectomee The current COVID-19 outbreak is spurring depression, fear, anxiety, and stress on a societal level. On an individual level, it may exacerbate anxiety and psychosis-like symptoms as well as lead to non-specific mental issues (e.g., mood problems, sleep issues, phobia-like.


HNCA Urges Rescheduling of Screening Events Due to COVID-19

Thank you for your participation in HNCA’s Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness (OHANCA) Program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, screenings and other group activities are being placed on hold. We encourage sites to reschedule screening events for later in the year, working with your institution’s public health teams to determine the appropriate timing and venue to optimize the.


Cancer Treatment Education Workshop with Dr. Terry Day

HNCA Chairman of the Board, Dr. Terry Day, will be part of a free CancerCare Connect® Education Workshop/Teleconference on the topic of what’s new in the treatment of oral, head and neck cancer. The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, 2020, from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EST. Pre-registration is required. Register Today


Respiratory Infection Prevention for Laryngectomees

By: Itzhak Brook, M.D. MSc., HNCA Board Member, HNCA Ambassador, Throat Cancer Survivor and Laryngectomee Laryngectomees are more susceptible to respiratory infection because the air they inhale is not filtered by passing through the nose. Consequently, they are at increased risk of inhaling respiratory pathogens (viruses, bacteria, and fungi) directly into their lungs. Therefore, laryngectomees.


Actor Rob Paulsen Gives a Voice to Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness

The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA) has selected voice actor Rob Paulsen as its official spokesperson for 2020. Paulsen will serve as the face and voice of HNCA’s Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness® Program (OHANCA®), which celebrates its 22nd year in 2020. The cornerstone of the annual initiative is Oral, Head and Neck.


Join HNCA to Find Inspiration and Hope Through the Power of Storytelling with the Newly Launched With Love, Me Program

This year, we’re continuing our partnership with Merck and Your Cancer Game Plan to help those impacted by cancer with the launch of a new program – With Love, Me. The new initiative features a series of heartfelt letters on www.WithLoveMe.com written by caregivers and cancer survivors to their newly diagnosed selves and other caregivers.


Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Symposium Set for July 18, 2020 in Chicago

The nation’s leading head and neck cancer organizations are joining in partnership to host the Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Symposium July 18, 2020, from 10am – 5pm in Chicago, IL. The Symposium, presented by the American Head and Neck Society and Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, along with the collaborative support of other organizations,.


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If you feel like there is something going on and don’t quite know, Get Screened. Find out what it is. Too many people wait until it’s too late. The key is early diagnosis.Jim Kelly
NFL Pro Football Hall of Famer, head and neck cancer survivor & 2017 OHANCAW® Spokesperson


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