July 27th : World Head and Neck Cancer Day


July 27th is World Head and Neck Cancer Day. It was announced during the opening ceremony of the combined meeting of the International Federation of Head Neck Oncology Society (IFHNOS) 5th world congress and American Head Neck Society (AHNS) on 27th July 2014 in New York while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Head Neck program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre (MSKCC). These cancers may include a lump in the neck, a sore in the mouth, a sore throat that doesn’t heal, difficulty in swallowing, and a change in the voice, among other symptoms. All over the world, there are over 500,000 cases and 200,000 head and neck cancer-related deaths every year. The observance aims to showcase the importance of knowing all about these cancers and foster greater awareness of the signs and symptoms to look out for.