2017-04-20 / Health

Get screened for oral cancer this month

In recognition of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, the Baptist Cancer Institute will provide a free head and neck cancer screening for the public and team members of Baptist Health Care on Tuesday, April 25, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at 1717 North E St., Baptist Tower 3, Suite 239. Physicians will check for cancers of the nasal cavity, lips, mouth, tongue, throat, thyroid and salivary glands. Baptist Cancer Institute ENT will screen adults during this event.

The screening will include a medical and family history review and painless physical exam.

Tobacco and alcohol use, as well as human papillomavirus, are risk factors for cancers of the head and neck. Screenings also emphasize an awareness of signs and symptoms. Many types of head and neck cancers are treatable with early diagnosis.

Most head and neck cancers have an excellent survival rate when found in early stages of development. That is why early detection is the key, said Hillary White, M.D., otolaryngology, Baptist Medical Group ENT. Due to lack of awareness of these types of cancers, they are often discovered in late stages when they are more likely to be life threatening. That is why screening is so important. We want to educate people about warning signs and symptoms, a spokesman said.

Tobacco cessation counselors will be available during the screening to share tips on how to quit smoking and end tobacco use.

To schedule an appointment or learn more about the Baptist Medical Group Head and Neck Screening, visit ebaptisthealthcare.org or call 850.469.7500.

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