Ann Arbor – Throat cancer can take away your voice, your jaw and your ability to swallow food. Given the rise in oral cancers, screening for early detection is more important than ever. Trouble swallowing food, mouth soreness and a persistent hoarseness are all symptoms of throat cancer. Smoking, chewing tobacco and drinking alcohol are also risk factors for throat cancer.
Early detection is crucial, and the University of Michigan will be providing its community with the opportunity to protect itself through free throat cancer prevention screenings on Saturday, April 14. The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and the U-M Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, along with Cancer AnswerLine™will again be hosting this year’s screening.
"Screening events like this are critical in helping to identify patients with previously undetected cancers, especially for those without access to health care or without insurance," says Norman D. Hogikyan, M.D., professor of otolaryngology at U-M. "It's also important to offer education about the causes of throat cancer, such as smoking and tobacco use, as well as alcohol abuse."
The 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.
The cancer screening exams take about 45 minutes. To register for the event, call 800-865-1125.
Free parking or AATA bus transportation is provided and refreshments will be served.
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, April 14
Location: U-M Taubman Health Center, 1st Floor, Reception A, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor
Registration: Call 800-865-1125.