This week we share with you some commonly head myths about Head and Neck Cancers, a touching story of a rugby player determined to make the best of his end of days, and we look at why there are so few women as surgeons. 

Commonly Held Myths of Head and Neck Cancers

There are many myths associated with head and neck cancer such as how environmental influences can affect our risk, or what role gender plays. Here, Dr Fauzia Riaz helps set the record straight to provide the real facts behind the myths. For the latest research on head and neck cancer at BMC, please read our ‘Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month: Research Highlights’ blog. Then, when you're ready to test your knowledge, take our dedicated 2019 quiz on this topic. Read more…



'Too many people dying' - rugby player with terminal illness puts helping create national cancer plan on bucket list

A Southland man with terminal cancer has one large item left on his bucket list - to see a national cancer plan launched so the lives of others can be saved.

Blair Vining, a life member of the Midlands Rugby Club in Winton, created a bucket list almost immediately after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in October, TVNZ1's Seven Sharp reports

The first item was a game of rugby with his mates which was held early this year, and drew a huge turnout of spectators. Read more…




Gender imbalance in surgery: we must focus on the future

Gender equality tackles the deeply held prejudice that men are somehow better or more apt than women to exercise certain faculties or fulfil certain roles. If crude testosterone was once an advantage to medieval or early battlefield surgeons, the advent of peace, prosperity, anaesthetics, haemostasis, visual enhancement, and micro-surgical techniques, among others, now allows a subtle approach to the most complicated anatomical situations. Surgery has changed and it continues to change; the genderless “it” of the robot placed between patient and operator will soon render gender-bias in surgery a laughable concept. Read more...

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