The event will be on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 9 a.m.-noon at 39 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33907. The event is open to the public and participants will be screened on a first come, first serve basis.
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. HPV-related oral cancers are more difficult to detect because these cancers usually occur on the back of the tongue or on the tonsils, providing even more reason to get screened regularly.
What are the potential warning signs of oral cancers?
The signs and symptoms of oral cancer often go unnoticed. However, there are a few visible signs associated with these cancers that require immediate attention, including:
A sore in your mouth that does not heal or that increases in size
Persistent pain in your mouth
Lumps or white or red patches inside your mouth
Difficulty chewing or swallowing or moving your tongue
Soreness in your throat or feeling that something is caught in your throat
Changes in your voice
A lump in your neck
If you have any of the above warning signs, do not wait for the free screenings. Seek medical attention immediately.
“When it comes to cancer, knowledge is power,” says Sharon Salenius with the 21st Century C.A.R.E. foundation. “This screening event is an opportunity for residents in our community to get screened for head and neck cancers and learn important information about their individual cancer risk to make powerful choices for their health.”
21st Century C.A.R.E. foundation is a Fort Myers-based nonprofit organization that provides cancer patient assistance, education programs, cancer screenings, support groups, and support to vital cancer research.
For more information or to register for the free screening event, visit www.21stCenturyCare.org or call 239-938-9301.
For more information about Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists of Florida, visit www.entfl.com.
About 21st Century Oncology:
21st Century Oncology is the largest global, physician led provider of Integrated Cancer Care services. The company offers a comprehensive range of cancer treatment services, focused on delivering academic quality, cost-effective patient care in personal and convenient settings. The company operates 179 treatment centers, including 145 centers located in 16 U.S. states. The company also operates 34 centers located in six countries in Latin America. The company holds market-leading positions in most of its domestic local markets and abroad.
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