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Free Oral, Head And Neck Cancer Screenings

Apr 09, 2018 06:11AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Lawrence General Hospital

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by Lawrence General Hospital.)

On Thursday, April 12, 1-3 pmLawrence General Hospital will be offering free oral, head and neck cancer screenings. Screenings will be conducted in the Ambulatory Care Center in the main hospital and take only 10 minutes. Free and open to the public.

Just because you can’t feel it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Just ask the more than 100,000 Americans who were diagnosed with cancers of the head and neck (including thyroid) last year. Unfortunately, many Americans do not recognize the symptoms of these life-threatening diseases, which include cancers of the oral cavity, thyroid, larynx, and pharynx, and by the time they are diagnosed, for some, it’s too late.

Oral, head and neck cancers claim approximately 14,000 lives per year. However, there is hope; if diagnosed early, these cancers can be more easily treated without significant complications, and the chances of survival greatly increase. 

Who should get tested?
Every adult. 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 of the human papillomavirus (HPV) virus, a cancer-causing infection that can be transmitted by oral sex. 

  • Screenings are free, painless, and only take 10 minutes.
  • To schedule your appointment, please call 978-946-8114.
  • To schedule your appointment in another language, call 978-946-4000 ext. 2676.
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