Experts at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa will offer free oral cancer screenings in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery to observe the 14th Annual Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week from 8 a.m. to noon April 22 at UI Hospitals and Clinics.
Approximately 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancer every year, and 12,000 will die from the disease.
Risk factors for head and neck cancer include smoking, chewing tobacco, alcohol consumptions and a previous diagnosis of cancer in the head and neck region. Symptoms of head and neck cancer include persistent sores in the mouth or throat, difficulty in swallowing, a change in the voice and a growth or swelling in the neck.
The free screening is part of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance’s Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. The screening is painless and takes about ten minutes.