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In lieu of the regular Weekly Wednesday whose writer is otherwise occupied at the moment, I want to introduce you to our World Head and Neck Cancer Day build up. From now on we will have a series of articles relating to many different aspects of the disease: the path to diagnosis, being a caregiver, HPV, laryngectomy issues and many more. 

What is WHNCD? 

World Head and Neck Cancer Day on July 27 each year was established in 1987 as a way to bring together all specialists involved in the care of patients with head and neck cancer worldwide. 

Dr. Jatin P. Shah, of New York led the establishment of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies. The IFHNS introduced World Head and Neck Cancer Day as you can see from the poster below. Over the years, more and more people have become involved, including some patient groups like ours. 


What else does the IFHNOS do?

An innovative Global Continuing Medical Education program, “The IFHNOS World Tour”, was introduced in 2008, offering a two and half day conference conducted by World leaders in the Head and Neck specialties, over five weeks. This program was offered in eleven countries around the world, beginning with London, Barcelona, Rome, Athens, Warsaw, Moscow, Mumbai, Beijing, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, and ending in Bogota. This highly successful education program was repeated in October 2010, with conferences in, Frankfurt, Antalya, St. Petersburg, Bangalore, Manila, Shanghai and Mexico City. The World Tour 2012 program was offered in Kiev, Amsterdam, Cairo, Ahmedabad, Guangzhou, Jakarta, Brisbane and Sao Paulo. This program will be repeated every two years, in the month of October, at different destinations worldwide. Last year it was in Auckland and next year it will be in Australia. 

What do we have planned? 

Diana was engaged in some long term planning with the head and neck specialists at Mercy/Ascot Hospital. They will provide physician education at an evening lecture on July 26 and during the day itself will offer free screening. The physician education will be for GPs and dentists. One of their specialists, Dr Rajan Patel, is the New Zealand representative for WHNCD. We will provide further information about their special events soon. 

North Shore Hospital will have a stall where members of the public can interact with head and neck survivors and ENT staff. There will be information, fundraising, sales of ribbons (see above, under production) and pens as well as a certain amount of screening. Free samples of Oral 7 products will be available. 

This stall will be operational from 10 am until 2 pm in the main foyer, just around the corner by the large mural. You can't miss us. Here is our banner.

We expect the media to be there and will Periscope or Facebook Live a message to the world at about 10 am. We will be the first of the 51 countries in the world to observe World Head and Neck Cancer Day. 

New Zealand first and Australia second? 

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