In observance of Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week April 8-15, the UAB Department of Otolaryngology will be hosting a FREE oral, head and neck cancer screening.

Informational Flyer

WHAT: Free oral, head and neck cancer screening
WHERE: UAB Kirklin Clinic, Otolaryngology 5th Floor Clinic; 2000 6th Ave S.
WHEN: Friday, April 13th 1-4 p.m.

Oral, head and neck cancers refer to many types of cancers, including those that arise in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, thyroid glands, salivary glands, throat or larynx (voice box). In 2018, it is estimated that there will be more than 650,000 new cases of oral, head and neck cancers world-wide, and unfortunately, many individuals will not be aware of their cancer until it has reached an advanced stage. Oral, head and neck cancers now ranked in the top six cancers worldwide.

Most oral cancers arise on the lips, tongue or the floor of the mouth. They also may occur inside your cheeks, on your gums or on the roof of your mouth. Oropharyngeal cancers related to HPV are often found in the tonsil or base of tongue. Other head and neck cancers arise from the voice box or throat, or from salivary (spit) glands or the thyroid gland.

Some early signs and symptoms include:
• A red or white spot in your mouth that doesn't heal or that increases in size
• Sore throat or swollen tonsil
• Changes in your voice
• A lump in your neck
• Earache
• Difficulty swallowing

Tobacco (including smokeless tobacco) and alcohol use are very high risk factors for oral, head and neck cancers, particularly those of the tongue, mouth, throat and voice box. People who use both tobacco and alcohol are at greater risk for developing these cancers than people who use either tobacco or alcohol alone.

Head and Neck Cancer graphic

Sources: National Cancer Institute, Head and Neck Cancer Alliance

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