Approximately 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancer every year, and nearly a quarter of those – about 12,000 – will die from the disease.
As a part of Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week at the end of April, specialists in the University of Iowa Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery are offering free screenings for oral, head, and neck cancer from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday, April 29, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Risk factors for head and neck cancer include smoking, chewing tobacco, alcohol consumption, and a previous diagnosis of cancer in the head and neck region.
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.
Symptoms of head and neck cancer include persistent sores in the mouth or throat, difficulty swallowing, voice change, and a growth or swelling in the neck.
The screening is painless and takes about 15 minutes. Call 319-356-1744 to schedule a time, walk-ins welcome.
Visit our Head and Neck Cancer Clinic for more information.