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A 10-Minute Screening Could Save Your Life

Pardee to offer free screenings during Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week

To help increase awareness of oral, head and neck cancer, Pardee Hospital will offer free screenings for these cancers on Wed., April 17, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Pardee Rehab & WellnessCenter, located at 212 – B Thompson St. in Hendersonville. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 1-866-790-9355.

Adults of every age should consider having an oral cancer screening. It is estimated that more than 53,000 Americans will develop cancer of the head or neck in 2013. This includes tumors that can appear in or around the throat, nose, sinuses, mouth and larynx. There has been a rise in cases of oropharyngeal (mouth and throat) cancer in young adults, and adults who use tobacco and alcohol regularly are at particular risk.

"It is very important to catch these cancers early," says W. Mark McCollough, M.D., a radiation oncologist at Pardee. "The signs and symptoms of oral cancer often go unrecognized, but early detection can facilitate less aggressive treatment and result in a higher cure rate."

The screenings at Pardee will be performed by Pardee physicians specializing in otolaryngology, including John Pickens, M.D.; Michael Neuenschwander, M.D.; and Michael Stalford, M.D. These experienced doctors will perform a brief exam of the mouth and throat to look for evidence of any abnormalities.

For more information on Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week and cancer prevention tips, visit www.headandneck.org, the official website of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance.

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