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.
We invite you to a stimulating event jointly organised by Saving Faces and the Royal Society of Medicine called "Medicine and Me: Living with facial deformity" on Monday 22nd January 2018.
A huge thank you to all our supporters and friends for attending our annual Christmas carols concert on Friday 15th of December 2017. Click here to view photographs from the night.
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.
Vassilios' story “Well, young man, how old did we say you are?”, the doctor asked me. “I am 28-years-old, doctor. Why? Are you trying to make a match for your daughter? I am actually taken,” I said attempting humor. “…and how many years did we say you smoke?”, the doctor continued in a serious tone. “Not even once”, I continued puzzled.
Without the fundraising efforts of our wonderful supporters we could not carry out our life-changing research. If you would like to organise an event on our behalf but don't know where to start, we would love to hear from you. Alternatively, you can check out what some of our amazing supporters have done to fundraise for us here for inspiration.
We rely on patient advisory groups to help us develop our research projects and ensure that patients' best interests are always at the core of everything we do.
We have also set up a patient helpline which puts patients about to undergo surgery in contact with a former patient who understands. We are always looking for volunteers who can share their experiences and offer emotional support. Click here to find out how you can get involved.