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Head and Neck Cancer Australia

Head and Neck Cancer Australia is the first Australian charity dedicated to providing education and support to people living with head and neck cancer, caregivers, family and health professionals.

In Australia nearly 5,000 people are diagnosed with head and neck cancer each year and more than 17,000 people are living with the side effects of treatment. Head and neck cancer is incredibly complex and diverse. It includes more than 10 different cancers that can affect a person’s mouth, tongue, salivary glands, skin or voice box. Each type comes with its own causes, symptoms, characteristics, complexities and treatment options.

The most common causes of head and neck cancer are smoking and alcohol, which affects areas like the mouth, throat and voice box. The human papilloma virus is the most common cause of oropharyngeal cancer - tonsil and base of tongue - which is rapidly increasing in incidence. Skin cancers on the face are mainly due to sun exposure and may extend to the eyes, ears, nose and salivary glands. For many other head and neck cancers, such as thyroid cancer, the cause is unknown.

Vision and mission

To improve the quality of life of everyone affected by head and neck cancer through education and access to support and to raise awareness of head and neck cancer nationally.

How Head and Neck Cancer Australia can help

Head and Neck Cancer Australia was established to provide comprehensive, easy to understand and easy to access information to everyone, regardless of where they live.

They support patients and their families through their cancer journey, from diagnosis to treatment and life after cancer.

Information / help lines

  • Call 1300 424 848 Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm AEST
  • Email: contact@headandneckcancer.org.au

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Last reviewed: September 2020

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Human Papilloma Virus | Oropharyngeal Cancer | Head and Neck Cancer Australia

Human papillomavirus (HPV) refers to a group of more than 150 related viruses

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Thyroid Cancer - Introduction | Head and Neck Cancer Types | Head and Neck Cancer Australia

What is 'Thyroid Cancer'? It is a cancer the affects the thyroid organ in the neck

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Cancer of an Unknown Primary - Introduction | Head and Neck Cancer Types | Head and Neck Cancer Australia

What do we mean by 'Cancer of an Unknown Primary'? Cancer of Unknown Primary in the head and neck region occurs when the origin of the cancer is unknown, but is found to have spread to the lymph nodes in the neck

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Mouth Cancer - Introduction | Head and Neck Cancer Types | Head and Neck Cancer Australia

What do we mean by 'Mouth Cancer'? Mouth Cancer is a colloquial term for Oral Cancer

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Understanding staging and grading | Head and Neck Cancer Australia

Once your doctor has diagnosed cancer, it important to find out how big the cancer is and where it started to grow

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Symptoms of Head and Neck Cancer | Head and Neck Cancer Australia

Head and Neck Cancer can cause different symptoms depending on: Sometimes people do not have any signs or symptoms and sometimes the same symptoms can be caused by other things

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2020 Head and Neck Cancer video series | Head and Neck Cancer Australia

A series of 14 videos on innovations in the treatment of head and neck cancer patients has been produced and launched by former patient and Beyond Five Ambassador, Julie McCrossin AM

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Hypopharyngeal Cancer - Introduction | Head and Neck Cancer Types | Head and Neck Cancer Australia

There are up to 40 different sites and sub-sites of Head and Neck Cancer

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Oropharyngeal Cancer - Treatment | Head and Neck Cancer Types | Head and Neck Cancer Australia

What do we mean by 'Oropharyngeal Cancer'? It is a type of Throat Cancer that your doctor might call by the part it has grown in, like tonsil or tongue base cancer

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What a Diagnosis of Head and Neck Cancer means | Head and Neck Cancer Australia

Being diagnosed with cancer can be life-changing for you, your family and friends

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