Monday, March 31, 2014

Loyola offering free oral, head and neck cancer screenings

MAYWOOD, Ill. (March 31) – Free screenings for oral, head and neck cancers will be offered Monday, April 21, at Loyola University Medical Center.

The screenings will be held between 4 and 7 p.m. at Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood. Parking is free, and 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.

According to the American Cancer Society, this year 40,000 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.

More than 85 percent of these types of cancers are related to tobacco or alcohol use. Some studies show that up to 80 percent of oropharyngeal cancers 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.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.