If it happened to Michael Douglas, it can happen to you. About 30,000 people are diagnosed each year with oral cancer. Unfortunately about 7,000 of them die because the cancer was discovered too late.
In recognition of Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at MCGHealth will offer free oral cancer screenings on Thursday, May 12, 2011, from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. at the MCGHealth Cancer Center, 1411 Laney Walker Blvd. The screenings are part of a nationwide prevention effort, sponsored by the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, formerly known as The Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation.
Oral cancer includes cancer of your lips, mouth, tongue, gums or salivary glands. Throat cancer involves cancer of the part of your throat just behind your mouth. Oral, head and neck cancers are more prevalent in the South than in other areas of the country because of higher rates of tobacco and alcohol use, which are major risk factors.
Oral and throat cancers are usually painless in the early stages and have minor symptoms that mimic other health problems, such as a tooth ache. Periodic self-examination of your mouth, coupled with regular screenings by your physician or dentist, is the best way to detect oral and throat cancer in its beginning stages when treatment is most successful.
For more information or to schedule a time for your free screening, call the MCGHealth Cancer Center at 706-721-6744.
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