The first ever Mouth Cancer Foundation charity project awards, courtesy of dental implant company Straumann, has produced 4 recipients of grants totalling £3500. 

The Head and Neck Cancer Foundation won the gold award of £1500 for ground breaking head and neck cancer treatment.   They aim to minimise the magnitude of surgery and limit the resulting aesthetical impacts, on head and neck cancer patients.  They are also driving awareness of Sentinel Node Biopsy within the medical industry, by providing training to a new wave of surgeons in order to reduce the impact of surgery on sufferers and enable them to get back to a normal life with minimal impact on a well exposed area of the body.

The £1000 silver award went to Mask Art for Survivors of Head and Neck Cancer This is a new start up programme offering peer support and Art Therapy for patients after Radiotherapy for Head & Neck Cancer. Facilitated by an HCPC registered Therapeutic (Radiotherapy) Radiographer who is a Senior Lecturer in Radiotherapy & Oncology at Sheffield Hallam University, specialising in care of patients with Head & Neck Cancer and an HCPC Registered Art Therapist.   The grant will provide a 10-week course (with opportunities for further engagement) where people who have experienced treatment for Head & Neck cancer that included Radiotherapy, will come together in a supportive environment to plan and create a decorated Radiotherapy Mask.

There were two worth recipients of the bronze award.  HPV Action and Street Teeth received £500 each. 

HPV Action is a coalition of organisations that work together to advocate gender-neutral HPV vaccination. HPV Action played the leading role in persuading the government to introduce gender-neutral vaccination and our case included the need to protect against head and neck cancers caused by HPV.

Street Teeth is a dental practice working at a local homeless shelter once every 3-4 weeks, treating patients who would typically not have access to dental care. This includes exams, oral cancer screenings, relieving patients of pain, extractions, fillings, making and fitting dentures, scale and polishes.  Their grants will go towards buying more equipment and another dental chair so that more clinicians can see a greater number of patients. 

The standard of entry was extremely high and we feel all were worthy winners.