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World Head and Neck Cancer Day

In an effort to raise recognition on World Head and Neck Cancer Day (July 27 2018), the Head and Neck Cancer Service at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) held an ‘Oral Check’ service and information booth at the Wellness Centre on Wednesday 25 July 2018. 

Head and neck cancer is the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, affecting every aspect of a person’s life including speech, appearance, diet, lifestyle and emotional wellbeing.

In light of this, World Head and Neck Cancer Day is held annually on July 27 to raise awareness and recognition of the patients, carers and families living with, and survivors of, head and neck cancer, as well as the healthcare professionals working in this field.

The event at the RAH was well received by patients and visitors to the hospital. Registrars performed approximately 30 oral checks where they looked for signs of the disease such as swelling, bleeding, loose teeth, blood in saliva, pain or
numbness of the face or within the mouth. An additional 20 people stopped to talk with the team.

The Head and Neck Cancer Service at the RAH incorporates the specialities of Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Oral Maxillofacial Services, Dental, Cancer Services and Radiology, and is supported by a highly qualified team including Medical, Nursing, Speech Pathology, Dietetics, Psychology, Social Work, Physiotherapy, Radiology, Pathology, Audiology, Occupational Therapy and Administration.

The inpatient, outpatient and community services provide excellent care and support for people who have been diagnosed with head and neck cancer. 

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From left: Michelle Oaklands NUM 6GW2, Angela Blair CN 6GW2, Dr Sarah Emmett ENT Registrar, Dr Claire Frauenfelder ENT Registrar and Caroline Whiteford Head and Neck Cancer Co-ordinator.

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