Local Trust Surgeons to give Head & Neck Cancer talk – Improving early diagnosis (8 June)

Andrew Baldwin
Local Trust Surgeons to give Head & Neck Cancer talk – Improving early diagnosis (8 June)
25 May 2016

SURGEONS from The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust are to host a free public talk on Head and Neck conditions and cancers at a special event about early diagnosis on Wednesday 8th June at North Manchester General Hospital as latest national figures show a worrying rise in incidence of head and neck cancer, with a 30% increase of oral cancer over the last 10 years and over 6,500 cancers diagnosed each year. 

The general public are invited to attend the talk by Mr Andrew Baldwin, Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial/Head & Neck Surgeon, and Mr Sharan Jayaram, Consultant ENT/Head & Neck Surgeon, at the Post Graduate Medical Centre, North Manchester General Hospital at 2-3pm.

Head and Neck cancer includes malignancies of the oral cavity, throat (pharynx and larynx), paranasal sinuses and salivary glands.

Although the number of patients affected is relatively low, compared to more common cancers, unfortunately, treatment results in functional and aesthetic problems which affects quality of life, despite significant advances in reconstructive techniques.

The cause of many cases of head and neck cancer has predominantly been smoking and drinking. However, in recent years, a new aetiological factor has been recognised, with the human papilloma virus (HPV) being the causative factor in an increasing number of throat cancers.

Mr Andrew Baldwin, Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon and Clinical Director for the Head & Neck directorate, at The Pennine Acute Trust, said:

“We are entering a period where head and neck cancer cases are on the increase. As the majority of cases are related to smoking, alcohol, the human papilloma virus and poor nutrition, this disease can be considered a social disease. If the population can be better educated about the disease with an alteration in social habits, we may be able to reduce the number of newly diagnosed cases”.

In November 2015, the North Manchester Oral Surgery/Maxillo Facial (Head and Neck Cancer) Team won the Trust’s Patients’ Choice Award, voted by the public and Trust members.

‘Medicine for Members’ events are free and are held regularly at our four hospital sites, to give the public, staff and the Pennine Acute Trust’s members the opportunity to learn more about the services at PAHNT.   So far, more than 12,000 people have signed up to become trust members.

To book your place contact Angela Greenwood, Trust membership manager, on 01706 517302 or email ft.membership@pat.nhs.uk