Hayley was only 27 years old when she was diagnosed with Sinonasal Adenocarcinoma, an extremely rare and very aggressive type of head and neck cancer. The diagnosis changed her life. After treatment, Hayley lost all sense of taste and smell forever. Two years later she was given the devastating news that her cancer had recurred and was terminal.
Hayley is determined to drive home the message that more needs to be done to raise awareness of head and neck cancer.
Pictured above with her husband, Joel, Hayley wrote:
“I want people going through treatment to know that side effects may get worse before they get better. I also want people in the public to know that only you know your body and if you have any doubt or concerns SPEAK UP.
“The day I found out I had cancer, again. I wanted one last photo with Joel before I shaved my head. I thought if I didn't shave it as soon as I got home I would become obsessively attached to it and it would make it so much harder, so I had to just do it."
“Having head and neck cancer has completely changed my perspective on life. All that matters in life is your health because without it you don’t have one.”
Your tax deductible donation will go directly towards supporting our efforts to advocate for public sector funding, consistent with other more common cancer types, so that we can raise awareness of head and neck cancer in the general public and among GPs and dentists to increase early diagnosis and give the 5,000 people who are diagnosed each year the best treatment options and subsequent quality of life possible.
Head and neck cancer is one of the least supported cancer in Australia. There are no formal screening tests. Awareness, education and early detection is key to improving patient outcomes and saving lives.
Every person with cancer deserves the right to have the easiest road out of it as possible. Please donate today to help raise awareness and support for people living with head and neck cancer.
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