5 MAY 2022

A free head and neck cancer resource and 24/7 helpline backed by charities Swallows Group, Oral Health Foundation and Mouth Cancer Foundation are now available for Ukrainian refugees wanting to learn more about head and neck cancer.

Ukraine Head and Neck Cancer Help is a new website that offers support and guidance for Ukrainian refugees new to the UK.

The website provides information about the disease in both Ukrainian and English, including how to spot head and neck cancer early, and where to go if anything out of the ordinary is found.

The new resource lists support groups and networks for those coping with a head and neck cancer diagnosis and help people who are new to the UK understand and navigate the NHS system.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the Oral Health Foundation says: “Medical needs do not stop when your whole life is uprooted, and many refugees have found that they struggle to get the medical attention they need.

“Certain medical needs like treatments for head and neck cancers can be devastating when not met.  Head and neck cancer can be one of the most debilitating conditions as it can affect all aspects of everyday life including eating and speaking. Early diagnosis and treatments are key in such cases and can save lives.”

Being forced from their homes, 30,000 Ukrainians have arrived in the UK, after fleeing the Russian invasion. If peace is not reached, more may have to come here for their own safety. The UN estimates that approximately 4.3 million refugees have already fled Ukraine.

It can be very confusing having to come to a completely new country, amongst trying to find food and shelter but also medical aid.  Dr Carter adds: “This website will help to bridge the language barrier and provide ongoing support for those living with head and neck cancer.

“By coming together and making this website, will make a real difference to those that truly need the help and support. Head and Neck cancers are not always readily apparent, but it is important to recognise the symptoms and seek help.”

Ukraine Head and Neck Cancer Help is a collaboration between The Swallows Charity, Oral Health Foundation, Mouth Cancer Foundation, Oracle Cancer Trust, National Association of Laryngectomy Clubs, Young Tongues Group, Salivary Gland Cancer UK and Heads2gether.

Visit www.ukrainehncancer.co.uk for more information.

A free 24/7 helpline is also available for those in need of support (03303 207 045).