The Department of Otolaryngology will be offering free screenings for oral, head, and neck cancer on April 25. It's as easy as opening your mouth and saying "ahhh."
Tobacco (including smokeless tobacco) and alcohol use are the two biggest risk factors for head and neck cancers. During the past decade an increasing number of non-smokers have developed mouth and throat cancer associated with the human papilloma virus, or HPV.
Symptoms of oral, head, and neck cancer may include:
- Sore in your mouth that doesn’t heal or increases in size
- Persistent pain in your mouth
- Lumps or white or red patches inside your mouth
- Thickening of your cheek
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or moving your tongue
- Difficulty moving your jaw
- Swelling or pain in your jaw
- Soreness in your throat or a feeling that something is caught in your throat
- Pain around your teeth or loosening of your teeth
- Numbness of your tongue or elsewhere in your mouth
- Changes in your voice
- A lump in your neck
- Bad breath
If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be at risk or experiencing the above symptoms, schedule an appointment for a free screening.