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Scarf Stories: Start a conversation

Welcome to Scarf Stories. Just like every scar, every scarf tells a story. 

This May, you are invited to Start a Conversation by wearing a 'Patchwork Girl' silk scarf to help raise awareness and funds to support people living with Head and Neck Cancer across Australia.

Latest News

It's been a busy start to 2024 with a Senate Committee appearance, the release of our 2023 Annual Review, and a popular Oral Health webinar.

Webinar: keeping your teeth and mouth healthy after Head and Neck Cancer, and the different roles of Dental Practitioners.

Watch our free oral health webinar.

Welcome to Head and Neck Cancer Australia

We are the only national charity dedicated to providing education and support to people living with Head and Neck Cancer. We also lead the national effort to raise awareness of Head and Neck Cancer to encourage prevention and increase early diagnosis.

What to Expect Next

A helpful animation for patients, carers, friends and family members of those who are newly diagnosed with Head and Neck Cancer.

The Changing Face of Head and Neck Cancer

The face of Head and Neck Cancer has changed. This accredited education module is now available for all Australian GPs, Dentists and any other healthcare professional wanting to learn more about the red flags of HNC and optimal referral pathways.

You must have a lot of questions

"Particularly in the early days after a diagnosis, information is key"
Dr Bruce Ashford, Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon.

Early Signs of Head & Neck Cancer

What can you do to look for early signs of Head and Neck Cancer?

Finding cancer early is important for all cancers. Unfortunately there are no formal screening tests or national screening programs for Head and Neck Cancer. The following signs and symptoms are common for many types of Head and Neck Cancer:

  • A neck lump
  • A lump or sore that does not heal
  • A red or white patch in the mouth
  • Swelling, bleeding, pain or numbness in the face or within the mouth
  • Trouble speaking
  • Hoarse voice
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • A sore throat that doesn't get better after a week or two
  • Ear pain that doesn't go away

You know your own body better than anyone else. If you think that something isn’t right or if you have any of these signs or symptoms for three weeks speak with your doctor or dentist.

Head and Neck Cancer Information and Resources

Over 5,100 people were diagnosed with a type of Head and Neck Cancer in 2022. If you’ve been recently diagnosed or know someone who has, we’re here with answers , guidance, and support.

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