DETROIT – Each year an estimated 55,000 new cases of oral, head and neck cancer are detected, and routine screening can be life-saving.
That is why the Henry Ford Cancer Institute
is offering free screening from 1 – 5 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, on the lower level near Sears.
Screening takes about 10 minutes and no appointment is necessary.
Oral, head and neck cancer is the sixth most common cancer, and mostly develops in the mouth, voice box and throat. Common symptoms include a lump in the neck, a growth in the mouth, persistent earache and a sore throat that lasts more than four weeks.
The highest risk factors are smoking, chewing tobacco, alcohol abuse and HPV-related throat cancers. HPV-related throat cancers can be reduced by vaccinating boys and girls.