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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.
This year the Saving Faces collection of paintings have been exhibited at a variety of medical conferences and fundraising events. The aim of the event on Saturday 28th April was to raise money and awareness of Saving Faces, using the artwork.
Well, that's it done and dusted for another year...
There was a tense run-up to the 3rd annual Saving Faces Family Cycle Challenge, with wind, rain and thunder forecast. By some miracle, the day dawned bright and cloudless and the first drops of rain only fell as we were packing up to go.
If you have ever wanted to get involved in a 5km or 10km run, here is your chance. On Sunday 8th December at Victoria Park, London, around 3,000 ‘Santa’s’ are expected to take part, raising over £100,000! Saving Faces are looking for volunteers to take part and you can be part of this fantastic event with just a small registration fee (payable to Do it For Charity but paid in full to Saving Faces once the race is completed) and raising the suggested minimum sponsorship of £100.