Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Free Head & Neck Cancer Screening at Henry Ford Locations 4/15 - RSVP

Free Head and Neck Cancer Screenings at Henry Ford Hospital Locations in Detroit, Dearborn, Sterling Heights, and West Bloomfield
Head and neck cancers account for approximately three percent of all cancer cases in this country. Since early detection not only saves lives, but also reduces the debilitating side-effects associated with this highly preventable type of cancer, Henry Ford Health System is holding free screenings on Thursday, April 15.

Henry Ford has traditionally been the only local health provider to offer free head and neck cancer screenings during Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.

The free screenings in the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic will be held from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15 at the following locations:

Henry Ford Hospital, 2799 W. Grand Boulevard, Detroit
Henry Ford Medical Center - Lakeside, 14500 Hall Road, Sterling Heights
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, 6777 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield -- Screenings at this site will be held 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Henry Ford Medical Center - Fairlane, 19401 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn

Head and neck cancer can occur in the mouth, throat, larynx (voice box), swallowing passages, salivary glands, thyroid gland and nasal passages. People who use tobacco or drink alcohol heavily are at higher risk than others to develop the disease. Most cases are found in people over the age of 40, and the disease is more common in African Americans than Caucasians.

People who use tobacco or drink heavily should be screened for head and neck cancer at least once a year. Cancer warning signs also include hoarseness, persistent throat and ear pain, mouth sores that won't heal or a lump in the neck.

To register for a free screening or for more information, call (313) 916-3275. Because space is limited you must have an appointment for screenings.


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