Join Dr. Robert DeFatta, a fellow of the American Head and Neck Cancer Society, for free oral cancer screenings from Noon to 4:30 on Thursday, April 12, at DeFatta ENT Ear, Nose, and Throat, 1490 Rivers Edge Trail, Altoona, in observance of the 21st annual Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.
The screening is painless and only takes about 10 minutes, and early diagnosis and treatment improves outcomes and chances of survival.
DeFatta recommends every adult be screened for oral cancer. Its signs and symptoms, including white or red patches inside the mouth or a sore in the mouth that doesn’t heal or grows in size, often go unnoticed.
Tobacco and alcohol users traditionally have been considered the populations at greatest risk for these cancers. However, oral cancer cases are on the rise in younger adults who do not smoke, and recent research indicates this development is due partly to the increase in the HPV virus, a cancer-causing infection that can be transmitted by oral sex.