The University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute is offering oral, head and neck cancer screenings on Thursday, June 20, 2013.
The screenings will be performed by UC Health otolaryngologist Keith Casper, MD, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Screenings are free and open to anyone, but appointments are required. To reserve a spot, call 513-475-8400.
About Oral, Head and Neck Cancer
Oral, head and neck cancers affect the oral cavity (mouth, lips, tongue and tonsils) as well as the salivary glands, thyroid/parathyroid, throat (larynx and pharynx) and nose/nasal passages. Squamous cell skin cancer and melanoma can also spread to lymph nodes of the head and neck.
Tobacco use (both cigarettes and smokeless products) and alcohol consumption are the primary risk factors for head and neck cancers—which affect about 3 percent of the U.S. population each year. Research also suggests that infection from certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) causes more than 50 percent of oropharynx cancer, which develops in the middle part of the throat (pharynx) and includes part of the tongue, soft palate and sides/back walls of throat and tonsils.