AUGUSTA, Ga. – About 30,000 people are diagnosed each year with oral cancer, resulting in approximately 7,000 deaths because the cancer was discovered too late.
In recognition of Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, the Georgia Regents University Cancer Center, the GRU Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Clinic, and the GRU Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery will offer free oral cancer screenings on Thursday, April 18 from 8 a.m. to noon at the GRU Cancer Center, 1411 Laney Walker Blvd. The screenings are part of a nationwide prevention effort, sponsored by the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, formerly known as The Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation.
Oral cancer includes cancer of the lips, mouth, tongue, gums or salivary glands. Throat cancer involves cancer of the part of the upper throat. Oral, head and neck cancers are more prevalent in the South than in other areas of the country because of higher rates of tobacco and alcohol use, which are major risk factors.
Oral and throat cancers are usually painless in the early stages and have minor symptoms that mimic other health problems, such as a toothache. Periodic self-examination of the mouth, coupled with regular screenings by a physician or dentist, is the best way to detect oral and throat cancer in its beginning stages when treatment is most successful.
For more information or to schedule a free screening, call the GRU Cancer Center at 706-721-6744. For general questions about cancer, call the GRU Cancer Center Cancer Information Service hotline at 888-365-0747.
Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally-ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution. http://www.gru.edu