MAYWOOD, IL – In recognition of National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, Loyola Medicine will conduct free screenings on Monday, April 10.
Screenings will be held 4 – 7 pm at Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood. Free parking is located in front of the Cancer Center. Light refreshments will be served.
Each screening includes an oral exam by a physician. Participants also will receive information on smoking cessation and other lifestyle changes.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 119,900 Americans will be diagnosed with cancers of the head and neck, which include cancers of the mouth, throat, salivary glands and thyroid.
Signs and symptoms may include:
- Sores that do not heal
- Persistent pain
- White or red patches in the mouth
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing or moving the tongue
- Changes in voice
- A lump in the neck
- Bad breath
Most of these types of cancers are related to tobacco or alcohol use. Some studies show that up to 80 percent of oropharyngeal cancers (tongue, tonsil, soft palate) are related to the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Screening is provided by Loyola University Health System’s Head & Neck Cancer Program. Registration is recommended, although walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to register, call (888) 584-7888.