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Tuality/OHSU Cancer Center to offer free head and neck screenings

February 27, 2013

For immediate release
Contact:  Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654

The public is invited to a free head and neck cancer screening clinic on Saturday, March 16 at the Tuality/OHSU Cancer Center at 299 SE 9th Ave. in Hillsboro. No registration is required for the clinic, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

Participants will be screened for oral (mouth and throat) cancer, thyroid cancer, neck cancer and skin cancer of the scalp and face by Tuality/OHSU Cancer Center physicians, local dentists, ear, nose and throat physicians, and dermatologists. These specialists will also be available to answer any questions and share information about these life-threatening but treatable cancers. The clinic’s goal is to promote prevention and early detection.

According to the American Cancer Society, over 13,000 deaths will be attributed to oral cavity, pharynx, throat and thyroid cancer in 2012. Most oral cancers occur on the lips, tongue and floor of the mouth. Sun-exposed areas such as the forehead, face and ears can harbor head and neck cancers. Tobacco use and sun exposure have been linked to 85 percent of oral cancers.

Signs and symptoms include a sore in the mouth that won’t heal, persistent pain in the mouth, difficulty chewing, swallowing, or moving the tongue, change in voice, lump in the neck, throat soreness or a sensation that something is caught in your throat.

Participants should be aware that early detection is an important step towards staying healthy. This clinic is another example of the Tuality/OHSU Cancer Center’s commitment to educating and informing our community about cancer prevention. 

For more information on the screening clinic, visit www.tuality-ohsu-cancercenter.org, or call Tina Dickerson, cancer center director, at 503-681-4200.