U-M Cancer Center to offer free throat cancer screenings April 26

Date: 
04/03/2014 - 1:45pm

Event part of Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Throat cancer can take away your voice, your jaw and your ability to swallow food, but it also can be treated if caught early enough.

a physician examines a patient's neckIn an effort to do just that, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and the U-M Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, along with the U-M Cancer AnswerLine™, will offer free throat cancer screenings by appointment on Saturday, April 26.

The event, which coincides with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, will also offer smoking cessation counseling and other resources and information about throat cancer.

Trouble swallowing food, mouth soreness and a persistent hoarseness are all symptoms of throat cancer. Smoking, chewing tobacco and drinking alcohol are also risk factors for throat cancer.

"Screening events like this are critical in helping to identify patients with previously undetected cancers, especially for those without access to health care or without insurance," says Norman D. Hogikyan, M.D., professor of otolaryngology at the U-M Medical School. "It's also important to offer education about the causes of throat cancer, such as smoking and tobacco use, as well as alcohol abuse."

The free cancer screening exams take about 45 minutes. To register, call 800-865-1125. Priority will be given to those without insurance.

Free parking or AATA bus transportation are provided and refreshments will be served.

Free Throat Cancer Screening:
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, April 26
Location: U-M Taubman Health Center, 1st Floor, Reception A, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor
Registration: 800-865-1125

 

Media contact: Nicole Fawcett, 734-764-2220

General public: 800-865-1125