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Take 5 for Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week runs through May 14. As part of it, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center has created a centralized information resource to help people learn about risk factors and symptoms of oral, head and neck cancers.
Did you know:
  • About 49,260 new cases or oral cavity, pharyngeal and laryngeal cancers occured in 2010, which accounts for about 3% of new cancer cases in the United States.
  • 85% of head and neck cancers are linked to tobacco use. People who use both tobacco and alcohol are at greater risk for developing these cancers than people who use either tobacco or alcohol alone.
  • The human papillomavirus infection (HPV) is a risk factor for the development of squamous cancers of the oropharynx.
  • Thyroid cancer has increased in all races and in both males and females in the past two decades.
  • Early detection and treatment are the keys to preventing these cancers.

Learn more or register for Saturday’s free throat cancer screening by visiting the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center’s website.

One thought on “Take 5 for Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week

  1. We’ve had so much interest in the free throat cancer screening that all our appointments are now filled! To find other locations that may still have screening appointments available, visit the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance website: http://www.headandneck.org
    It’s important to make an appointment to talk to a doctor if you smoke or chew tobacco, have a sore throat or mouth, have a hoarse voice that won’t go away, have trouble swallowing food or have a lump in your neck.

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