Manuary, which takes place in January, is the time of the year when men grow a beard to spread awareness regarding head and neck cancer, and help in any way they can. Can’t grow a beard? Fret not, just cheer on and support those who can! The aim is to grow a beard, take photos, and post all about it. The challenge ends at the end of January where all those who were part of the cause shave off their facial hair and make a statement. What are you waiting for? Choose the kind of beard you want and get to work. Happy Manuary!

History of Manuary

Created in 2010, Manuary introduces more than a fun challenge of growing beards. It also urges people to donate and raise money for those affected by head and neck cancer. The amount organizations generate during this month is further invested in medical research, and is also given to those who may not be able to afford the required treatment to fight off head and neck cancer. Most importantly, the designated month and the donations it gathers, are utilized in awareness campaigns.

This has become necessary since a large number of Americans are developing head and neck cancers. However, they are unaware of the symptoms and the risks it entails. And like other cancers, one has a chance of survival only if the disease is detected at an early stage. In fact, head and neck cancer can affect one’s ability to speak, breathe, or swallow. If left untreated, the disease can lead to a painful death. Many people are still unaware that head and neck cancer accounts for over 3% of all cancers diagnosed in North America.

In many stages of cancer, the patients become disfigured and may need a voice synthesizer to talk. In severe cases where they lose their ability to swallow, a feeding tube is required to provide the body with nutrition. Some of the main causes of head and neck cancer include consumption of alcohol and tobacco. Whereas, types of human papillomavirus (H.P.V.) are also considered to be one of the leading causes in the United States. Other risk factors include exposure to radiation and wood dust.

Manuary timeline

3000 B.C.
Historic Discoveries

The Egyptian physicians recognize head and neck cancer.

1992
The External Link

Studies show that cigarette smoking and alcohol are linked to certain pharyngeal cancers.

2008
New Discoveries

Research highlights the role of H.P.V. infections in head and neck cancer.

2015
Analyze This

Researchers survey genetic changes in around 300 head and neck cancers cases.

Manuary FAQs

What cancers are considered head and neck?

Head and neck cancers include Oropharyngeal Cancer, Hypopharyngeal Cancer, and Laryngeal Cancer, amongst others.

How common are neck cancers?

There are around 4% of head and neck cancer cases in the United States every year.

Why are head and neck cancers increasing?

Cases of these cancers are increasing due to the human papillomavirus.

How to Observe Manuary

  1. Grow a beard

    Want to promote Manuary? Grow a beard! If you are a woman, ask a male close to you to grow a beard to promote the cause.

  2. Spread information regarding head and neck cancer

    A lot of people are not aware of how common these cancers are and do not know how they are caused. Do your part by spreading awareness on your social media platforms and encouraging others to participate in the cause.

  3. Make a donation

    Be a crucial part of the cause by donating to those who cannot afford cancer treatment. You can also send the desired amount to firms researching a cure for cancer.

5 Facts About Head And Neck Cancer

  1. Cancer in the United States

    68,000 men and women are estimated to be diagnosed with head and neck cancers in 2021.

  2. More common in men

    Head and neck cancers are twice as common among men as they are among women.

  3. Found in older people

    Head and neck cancers are diagnosed more often among people over the age of 50.

  4. The average percentage

    Head and neck cancers account for nearly 4% of all cancers in the U.S.

  5. Foods related to head and neck cancer

    Consumption of eggs, processed meats, and red meat is associated with increased rates of cancer of the head and neck.

Why Manuary is Important

  1. It encourages people to join together for a cause

    Months such as these often encourage discussions and urge people to join hands to promote the cause. By working together, we can rapidly form ways to help those who suffer from cancer.

  2. It makes room for research

    Even though it is not as widespread as other cancers, this type still requires further research. By speaking about head and neck cancer, it makes people understand how important the topic is and encourages researchers to conduct further studies on the illness.

  3. It brings in finances for research

    During the month, many people donate large funds to help researchers and doctors work on finding a cure or coming up with ways to improve the quality of life of those suffering from cancer.

Manuary dates

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