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 that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the 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 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.