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Mouth and oropharyngeal cancer organisations

This page gives information about organisations and websites that help and support people with mouth and oropharyngeal cancers. There is information about


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You can find details about general cancer support organisations on our general cancer organisations page. We have information about counselling organisations in the counselling section.


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Head and neck cancer organisations and sites

British Dental Health Foundation
The British Dental Health Foundation is the leading UK based independent charity working to bring about improved standards of mouth health care. This website has some good information about mouth cancer and caring for your mouth.

Changing Faces
The Squire Centre
33–37 University Street

Phone: 0845 4500 275 or 0207 391 9270

Provides written information and telephone support to anyone who has any kind of facial disfigurement.

Let's Face It
72 Victoria Avenue
Westgate On Sea

Phone: 01843 833 724

Let’s Face It is a UK national help organisation for people with facial disfigurement. It offers telephone support, a service to link up people in similar situations, dietary and medical advice, social activities, resources and a newsletter. The organisation also gives support to people with facial palsy. It provides information about camouflage make up.

The Mouth Cancer Foundation
Mouth Cancer Foundation UK is a charity. It has a website that helps patients and dentists to find free information about mouth, throat, and other head and neck cancers.

Saving Faces The Facial Surgery Research Foundation
St Bartholomew's Hospital
West Smithfield

Phone: 020 3465 5755

If you would like to talk to someone who has been in a similar situation, Saving Faces can put you in touch with other people who have had facial surgery.


Support organisations

The British Association of Skin Camouflage
The British Association of Skin Camouflage has detailed information about camouflage cosmetics for people who need help to cover up scars and disfigurements after head and neck cancer surgery. It runs training courses for camouflage cosmeticians, who offer consultations to people who have facial blemishes or disfigurements.

Rarer Cancers Forum
The Rarer Cancers Forum website has several message boards so that people with less common or rarer cancers can get in touch with each other. Friends and families of people with rarer cancers can also use the message boards to share their experiences, give support or get advice from people in similar situations. The website also offers general advice and information.

You can join the network and post a message asking other people to contact you through the site. The network is safe and confidential.

Macmillan Cancer Support
Head Office
89 Albert Embankment

Macmillan CancerLine: 0808 808 0000 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 8pm; information available in other languages)
Textphone: 0808 808 0121

Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. They provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. They provide booklets on cancer and treatments and run helplines providing cancer information and benefits advice.


Organisations for help with cutting down on alcohol

Alcohol is one of the main risk factors for mouth and oesophageal cancers. There are many organisations to help you reduce or stop drinking alcohol.

Cancer Research UK
The News and Resources website offers information about alcohol and how it relates to cancer.

NHS Concern
The NHS offers information and support if you are concerned about your alcohol intake or are affected by someone who may need help.
Website: NHS Concern
Phone: Call NHS 111 (dial 111) to find out about services in your area

Alcoholics Anonymous
Phone: 0845 769 7555
Website: Alcoholics Anonymous

Down Your Drink
Down Your Drink offers a simple test to see if you are drinking too much alcohol.

Alcohol Concern
This is a national agency that can help you find resources in your area for issues with alcohol. They also work with the government to develop public policies around alcohol issues.

Alcohol Concern
Suite B5
West Wing
New City Cloisters
196 Old Street
London EC1V 9FR

Tel: 020 5669 800

Alcohol Concern Cymru
8 Museum Place
Caerdydd/Cardiff CF10 3BG

Phone: 029 2022 6746

A 24 hour service where you can talk to or webchat with someone about your feelings and issues.

Phone 08457 90 90 90


Organisations for help with stopping smoking

Stopping smoking is a great challenge. The organisations listed below can help.

Cancer Research UK has information on quitting smoking

Quit (help, support and information in a number of languages if you want to quit smoking)

Smokefree (NHS information, advice and support to help you give up smoking)

ASH (the UK portal for tobacco policy)

No Smoking Day (information and tips on quitting)


International organisations and websites

Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Centre
This link takes you to Memorial Sloane Kettering's information about head and neck cancers. This is an American website.

National Cancer Institute
The American National Cancer Institute's section about head and neck cancer has detailed information about head and neck cancers and also a question and answer section.

SPOHNC is an American support network for people with cancers of the head and neck. They can put people who've had head and neck cancer in touch with each other. They have some useful information, for example about clinical trials and about products that may be helpful if you've had a head and neck cancer.

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Updated: 2 April 2013