Head and neck cancers, as well as their treatment can have a profound negative impact on patient quality of life, as facial appearance, voice, breathing and swallowing can all be compromised. Survival with contemporary treatment consisting of a combination of radiation, surgery and/or chemotherapy can be successful, however up to 50% of patients with advanced cancers unfortunately succumb to disease.
Manuary™ is dedicated to raising funds to supporting cutting edge research and improving clinical care for patients suffering with head and neck cancer. The ultimate goal is improve cure rates and quality of life for patients suffering with this disease.
Manuary was started 5 years ago in London, ON by a small group of residents in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery who felt that Head and Neck Cancer deserved more attention. It’s a relatively unique type of cancer, affecting many aspects of how one interacts with the world by disrupting one’s ability to speak, eat, hear, and – at times – even breathe. Unlike with cancer elsewhere in the body, the consequences of head and neck cancer treatment are not easy to conceal when in public.
While not among the top 5 cancers in Canada, one subtype – oropharyngeal cancer – is the second-fastest growing type of cancer – and perhaps most importantly, is theoretically preventable with increased awareness about the link with the Human Papilloma Virus.
The Manuary movement has grown tremendously over the past 4 years, raising money that stayed where it was raised to advance local treatment and research efforts. Help us continue to grow by “sporting a beard”!
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To increase awareness of, and support for, Head and Neck Cancer.
Though continued and ongoing medical, research and advocacy advancements in Canada, Head and Neck Cancer will be less common, detected earlier and treated definitively with minimal side-effects of therapy.
Build — by supporting patients and families through building a caring network of like-minded individuals wishing to advocate for optimized treatment and prevention of head and neck cancer
Engage — by increasing awareness of the causes of head and neck cancer, normalizing the sequelae of treatment, or advocacy for prevention via HPV vaccination – we strive to activate change for those with Head and Neck Cancer
Accountable — by actively involving hospital foundations, we ensure that donation dollar usage is maximized… but also maximized in areas local to participants
Research — by unifying several sites across Canada, we hope to help advance research into the causes of head and neck cancer and in minimizing the side-effects of therapy
Discussion — by changing ones’ appearance with a beard, we aim to foster discussion and interest in all aspects of head and neck cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment