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World Head and Neck Cancer Day

July 27th, World Head and Neck Cancer Day (WHNCD), is all about increasing awareness of head and neck cancer by encouraging regular cancer screenings and making sure people are aware of potential risk factors and warning signs.

The International Federation of Head and Neck Oncology Societies declared 27th July as World Head & Neck Cancer Day (WHNCD) to help draw the attention on effective care and control of head and neck cancer.

Head and neck cancer is the sixth most common cancer nationally and globally, but receives less than 2% research funding.

The main risk factors for head and neck cancer are smoking, alcohol and HPV exposure.

However, like any risk factor, although they will often influence the development of cancer, they do not directly cause cancer. Many people who are exposed to several risk factors will never develop the disease, whilst others with no known exposures will.

Being aware of risk factors is so important to help you make better lifestyle and health choices in order to help reduce your chances of developing the disease.

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