U-M Cancer Center to offer free throat cancer screenings April 20

Throat cancer can take away your voice, your jaw and your ability to swallow food, but it also can be treated if caught early enough.

What are the risk factors for throat cancer?throatcancerscreening

  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Drinking alcohol

What are the symptoms of throat cancer?

  • Trouble swallowing food
  • Mouth and/or throat soreness
  • A persistent hoarseness
  • Neck lump(s)

Should I be screened for throat cancer?

If you exhibit any of the above risk factors for or symptoms of throat cancer, you should be screened. Throat cancer screenings are critical to helping identify previously undetected cancers.

Free Throat Cancer Screenings April 20

The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and the U-M Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, along with the U-M Cancer AnswerLine™, are offering free throat cancer screenings by appointment on Saturday, April 20, 2013. This event, which coincides with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, will also offer smoking cessation counseling and other resources and information about throat cancer.

Saturday, April 20

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

U-M Taubman Health Center

1500 E. Medical Center Dr.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The free cancer screening exams take about 45 minutes. To register, call 800-865-1125. Priority will be given to those without insurance. Free parking or AATA bus transportation are provided and refreshments will be served.

Additional Resources

U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center :  Free throat cancer screening

U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center: interview with Norman Hogikyan, MD, head and neck oncologist

Head and Neck Cancer Alliance: Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week


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