Combating cancer, injury and disfigurement in the most socially important part of our bodies – the face and mouth
The face is the only part of our body we cannot hide. It conveys our emotions and innermost feelings. We often judge each other on the basis of facial appearance, making assumptions on a whole range of issues.
People suffer the consequences of facial diseases, injuries and disfigurement every day. In the United Kingdom 6,500 people develop oral cancer every year. Around 125,000 young people sustain serious facial injuries and 15,000 people receive treatment for facial disfigurement.
Despite the severity of these issues, this remains a much neglected research area leaving thousands of those unfortunate enough to be affected with little hope for the future. Not enough is known about facial disease, injury and deformity, their psychological and emotional impact and, critically, which treatments are most effective. Saving Faces - The Facial Surgery Research Foundation is the only charity in the UK solely dedicated to the worldwide reduction of facial injuries and diseases. We are taking the lead in education and research to improve the physical and psychological treatment of all victims of oral cancer and other facial diseases.
Join us at our annual Christmas Carols concert at the Priory Church of Saint Bartholomew the Great in London on Friday 15th December 2017 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Monday, 30th October 2017 Saving Faces are saddened to hear that after a long illness, our dear friend Pat Wicking will not be with us for much longer. Patients and long-time supporters of Saving Faces will remember Pat, who worked as a nurse in St. Bart's Hospital. Although she stopped NHS nursing at the age of 70, Pat continued to provide support and comfort to Professor Hutchison and Saving Faces for several more years.
Professor Iain Hutchison, Chief Executive of Saving Faces and Director of the National Facial, Oral and Oculoplastic Research Centre (NFORC), talks about facial surgery for TED.com.
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