This free screening aims to catch cancers that arise in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, thyroid glands, salivary glands, throat or larynx (voice box) at an early and treatable stage. Holzer encourages our community to participate in our free head and neck screening. Individuals will receive a thorough exam and learn more of the symptoms of head and neck cancers, which include: a lump or a sore that does not heal, a sore throat that does not go away, difficulty in swallowing, and a change or hoarseness in the voice. These symptoms may also be caused by other less serious conditions. However, it’s important to get screened right away. For our community members who are tobacco users or who have the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), we strongly urge each individual to get screened as both are high risk factors for oral, head and neck cancers. The screening is painless and takes about 15 minutes. Walk-ins will be accepted. If anyone has any questions or concerns, please call (740) 446-5351.
The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance estimates that there will more than 650,000 new cases of cancer of the oral cavity, pharynx, throat and thyroid world-wide, and approximately 14,240 deaths from these cancers in the United States. Cancers of the oropharynx (tonsil and base of tongue) are increasing in incidence, particularly in younger nonsmokers, and it is estimated that these cancers alone will account for over 40,000 cases per year in the United States.