Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month
Head and neck cancer is a group of cancers that affect the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, paranasal sinuses, and nasal cavities. April is Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month, an opportunity to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of this type of cancer, as well as the importance of early detection and treatment of cancer.
In this blog, we will discuss some essential facts about head and neck cancer on How Uhapo Health Services is contributing to awareness and support during Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month.
Understanding Head and Neck Cancer
Head and neck cancer can affect various parts of the body, including the lips, tongue, tonsils, and voice box. It is more common in men than women and is often linked to risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use, as well as to other conditions such as Human papillomavirus (HPV).
The most common symptoms of Head and Neck cancer may include –
- A lump or sore that does not heal
- Difficulty swallowing or speaking
- Changes in voice or vision
- Sinus infections cause bleeding through the nose, frequent headaches, swelling in the eyes, or pain in the upper teeth
- Swelling under the chin or jawbone
- Numbness or paralysis of the face
Prevention and Detection
Preventing head and neck cancer involves adopting healthy lifestyle habits and reducing exposure to certain risk factors. Some of the steps for preventing head and neck cancer include –
- Quitting smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke
- Reducing alcohol consumption
- Eating a healthy diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
- Getting vaccinated against HPV
- Practicing safe sex to reduce the risk of HPV
Also, detecting head and neck cancer early is crucial for successful treatment outcomes that includes –
- Regular dental check-ups
- Physical exam of the head and neck cancer
- Imaging tests, such as – CT scans and MRIs, may also be used to diagnose head and neck cancer.
Treatment for head and neck cancer depends on the stage and location of cancer, as well as the individual’s overall health and preferences. Treatment options may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy. In addition to medical treatment, patients may benefit from supportive care services, such as nutritional support and speech therapy.
How Uhapo Health Services is Contributing to Head and Neck Cancer Awareness
Uhapo Health Services is committed to raising awareness about head and neck cancer by providing support to patients and their families. During Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month, we are organizing various events and activities to promote awareness about the signs and symptoms of head and neck cancer, as well as the importance of early detection and treatment options. These activities include free cancer screenings, educational seminars, and support group meetings for patients and their families.
In addition, Uhapo Health Services is working to improve access to head and neck cancer prevention and treatment services for underserved communities. We are partnering with community organizations, healthcare providers, and policymakers to promote policies and programs that improve cancer outcomes and reduce health disparities.
Head and neck cancer is a serious health condition that requires early detection and comprehensive treatment. By adopting healthy lifestyle habits, reducing exposure to risk factors, and getting regular check-ups, we can help to prevent head and neck cancer and also increase the chances of successful treatment. Uhapo Health Services is proud to support Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month by providing support to patients and their families. If you or someone you know is in need of head and neck cancer prevention or treatment services, please contact us for more information on our services and support programs.