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All You Have To Say Is Ahhh! Free Screenings for Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer

4/15/2014




In observance of the 17th annual Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, Brazosport Regional Health System and Dr. Stephanie Herrera at Lake Jackson Ear, Nose, and Throat are offering free oral cancer screenings. The free oral cancer screenings, which take approximately 10 minutes to complete, will be held on Thursday, April 24th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in Classroom C at Brazosport Regional.

Oral, head, and neck cancers claim approximately 13,000 lives per year. However, if diagnosed early, these cancers can be more easily treated without significant complications and the chances of survival increase greatly.

Every adult should get screened. Tobacco and/or alcohol users traditionally have been considered the populations at greatest risk for these cancers. However, oral cancer cases are on the rise in younger adults who do not smoke, and recent research indicates this development is due partly to the increase of the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV-related oral, head, and neck cancers are more difficult to detect because these cancers usually occur on the back of the tongue or on the tonsils, providing even more reason to get screened regularly.

The signs and symptoms of oral, head & neck cancer often go unnoticed.  However, there are a few visible signs associated with these cancers that require immediate attention, including:
A sore in your mouth that doesn't heal or that increases in size
Persistent pain in your mouth
Lumps or white or red patches inside your mouth
Difficulty chewing or swallowing or moving your tongue
Soreness in your throat or feeling that something is caught in your throat
Changes in your voice
A lump in your neck

If you have any of the above warning signs, do not wait for the free screenings. Seek medical attention immediately.

For additional information about the oral cancer screenings, please call 979-285-1822.


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