WHAT: To mark the 12th annual Oral Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week Lenox Hill Hospital is offering a free screening.
WHEN: April 14th – 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: The screening will take place in the Hospital’s Otolaryngology Department located at 186 East 76th Street – 2nd floor.
Call 212-434-2323 to schedule an appointment for the free screening.Walk ins are welcome until 4pm.
Screening is quick and painless. It involves just a few minutes. The physician uses a light to check the mouth and throat and feels the salivary glands, thyroid glands and neck lymph nodes.
WHY: Oral, head and neck cancers are the sixth most common form of cancer in the United States with 40,000 cases are diagnosed annually. Tobacco and alcohol use are the most important risk factors for head and neck cancers, particularly those of the tongue, mouth, throat and voice box. Eighty-five percent of head and neck cancers are linked to tobacco use.
The symptoms and signs of head and neck cancer may include chronic mouth or throat pain, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, non-healing mouth ulcer, persistent ear pain or a neck lump.
Over the past decade, an increasing number of young, non-smokers have developed mouth and throat cancer associated with the human papilloma virus, or HPV. Today, 25 percent, or 10,000 cases each year, might be attributable to a strain of HPV.