HNCA News Bulletin

September 2019

2020 Oral Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week®

Mark your calendars!

HNCA is pleased to announce that our 2020 Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week (OHANCAW®) is scheduled for April 13-19, 2020.

Early registration of screening and awareness events will begin in November.


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2020 Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Symposium


HNCA is excited to announce the first Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Symposium, presented in partnership with the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS), to be held on July 18, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. This inaugural program will bring together survivors and caregivers for a day of education and connections. Registration is now open! Information on the program agenda, speakers, and lodging will be available soon. Reserve your seat today!


We have a very generous supporter who wishes to match up to $2,000 in donations for our Gas Card Program. Can you help us reach our goal?

The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance Gas Card Program provides gasoline gift cards to patients to help them get to and from their life-saving treatment.

Become a #FillUpFriend today to help us reach our goal of raising a total of $4,000 for this important program!


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Recipe Contest Winner: Holly Newman


We are pleased to partner with Vitamix® to award the following winner with one of the most reliable, multipurpose blenders available:   

Special note from the contest winner:

"I am a survivor (diagnosed October 2016) of adenocarcinoma of the nasopharyngeal stage 2. Since then, I have had a terrible time with eating. I am also diabetic, so I keep this latte in mind when I am running late in the morning. I hope you like it."

Have a recipe that you think would be great for head and neck cancer patients and survivors? Share it with us through our Recipe Contest! Submitted recipes will be shared on HNCA's website and social media. You could even win a Vitamix blender!


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Ambassador Profile: Kenneth Solomon

HNCA Ambassadors are dedicated to educating the community-at-large about these cancers. Our ambassadors are cancer patients, survivors and/or caregivers whose inspirational journeys give true meaning to what happens when you are diagnosed with cancer, during and post-treatment.

Meet Kenneth Solomon

Ken noticed a lump on his neck one day when he was shaving and from his previous experience as a cancer survivor, he knew that he needed to get it checked right away. Read how having a positive attitude helped him in having a successful recovery.


Board & Officer Activities

The dynamic HNCA Board of Directors has been busy educating and advocating for head and neck cancer patients around the world. 

  • Dr. Carole Fakhry and colleagues from Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore collected oral rinse samples of patients as part of a recently published study in JAMA Oncology about using human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA as a potentially effective biomarker for HPV-related head and neck cancer. READ NOW
  • Dr. Jatin P. Shah of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center collaborated with Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre in Mumbai, India to "bring the finest care to the patients suffering from mouth and throat cancer." READ NOW
  • Dr. Carole Fakhry, was featured in an article encouraging HPV vaccination as prevention for head and neck cancer. READ NOW
  • Dr. Terry Day, HNCA chairman and Wendy and Keith endowed chair of head and neck surgery at Medical School of South Carolina attended the 2019 Tex-Mex Fiesta event, a collaboration of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation and Stand Up 2 Cancer, which took place in early September.
  • Jason Mendelsohn collaborated with PRIME® by sharing his in-depth experience when he was diagnosed and received treatment for stage IV HPV-attributed tonsil cancer. VIEW NOW

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Get Involved and Support Head and Neck Cancer Patients

You have the power to raise awareness, encourage prevention, promote screening and early detection, and advocate for access to care. Interested in contributing your time or supporting HNCA? We offer a variety of ways to get involved:

  • Organize an awareness or fundraising event in your community;
  • Donate. Your unrestricted gift is key to supporting our mission and our most critical programs;
  • Become a Corporate Partner of events and/or patient-focused or clinician education programs;
  • Partner with our organization and host a screening in your community (only available to clinicians).

For more information on the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, click here.


*Statement on Sponsor Content and Corporate Support: The information published on this website and in our materials is intended to educate you about Oral, Head and Neck Cancer. The content is not intended to take the place of a discussion with a qualified physician who is familiar with your medical situation. It is important to remember that each individual is different, and the reasons for—and outcomes of—any treatment plan depends on the patient's individual condition. If you have questions or concerns after reading any information on this website or in our materials, you should discuss them openly and honestly with your physician. Any products and manufacturers included on this site are presented for informational purposes only and do not constitute product approval or endorsement by HNCA. The content provided by HNCA is in no way intended to be a substitute for medical consultation with a qualified professional. HNCA encourages those using its resources to be careful when evaluating medical information or products. If you are unsure about your medical condition, consult a physician. Funding from our corporate partners supports HNCA’s programs and educational initiatives, and HNCA maintains independence in its design of programs, content, and initiatives.


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