The Head and Neck Cancer Support Network is a voluntary organisation. The Network provides connection, support and advocacy for New Zealanders affected by head and neck cancer. At this time of year, we recognise World Head and Neck Cancer Day. #WHNCDay2018 #HNCA #headneckNZ
In 2015 the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies (IFHNOS) proclaimed July 27th as “World Head and Neck Cancer Day.”
The announcement on Sunday, July 27th 2015 kicked off the World Congress of Head and Neck Cancer. IFHNOS and AHNS worked together to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the first head and neck cancer surgery service. This service began at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The opening session included remarks from former President Bill Clinton. Actor and producer, Michael Douglas spoke at the meeting attended by experts in head and neck cancer. From this a world wide recognition of 27 July as World Head and Neck Cancer Day began.
In 2018 in New Zealand we have events raising awareness of head and neck cancer in the community. The Network has chosen to highlight the vaccination of boys/men for the HPV virus. We are working to educate the public about the signs and symptoms of head and neck cancer. We have distributed our poster nationwide. A number of our members have participated in education events and spoken with the media. We thank everyone for their contribution.
This is also the time of year we reach out to our community for support for the year ahead.
The Network mission is to ensure no one should face head and neck cancer alone. The Network connects many people around New Zealand affected by head and neck cancer. We provide patients, caregivers, and family/whanau with support resources. We encourage patients to support each other and share experiences. We provide posters, cards, leaflets, and other resources to support our vision.
We ask you to donate to our Network to fund the year ahead. We need $3500 each year to carry out our work. Last year we raised $1500 from our annual appeal. You can give to the Network through Give a Little or deposit directly to our bank account.
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We thank you for your support and look forward to another year of our work to connect, support and advocate for those affected by head and neck cancer.