Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screenings

April 08, 2019

What: Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screenings

When: Monday, April 22, 8 - 10 am

Where: Lawrence General Hospital, Ambulatory Care Center (1st floor) One General Street, Lawrence, MA

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.

Lawrence General Hospital will be offering free oral, head and neck cancer screenings on Monday, April 22, 8 – 10 am. Screenings will be conducted in the Ambulatory Care Center by otolaryngologist Yookyung Selig, MD. 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.