Free screenings to check for head and neck cancers offered

April 13, 2012 11:31:07 AM PDT
The the American Institute for Cancer Research has designated April as Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and as part of it, free head and neck cancer screenings are being offered here in Houston.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will off the free screenings to the public on April 27 from 10am until 3pm on the second floor of the Cancer Prevention Building located at 1155 Pressler.

They're not taking appointments. Rather, it's a first-come, first-served check for cancer, which include cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, skin, salivary and thyroid glands.

"Though anyone can get cancer, tobacco and alcohol use, poor dental hygiene, and human papilloma virus infections can increase a person's chances of developing head and neck cancers," says Ann Marie Gillenwater, M.D., professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery in a press release.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 35,000 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancers each year, and more than 7,000 people die from these cancers.