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M. D. Anderson Provides Free Head and Neck Cancer Exams

M. D. Anderson News Release 04/08/10

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center will offer free head and neck cancer screening exams to the public on Friday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The screenings will take place in M. D. Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center on Floor 2 of the Cancer Prevention Building at 1155 Pressler Street.

Screening exams are offered on a first-come, first-served basis; appointments are not available. Exams will be conducted by M. D. Anderson oncologists.

“Screening exams are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions,” said Mark S. Chambers, M.D., professor in the Department of Dental Oncology at M. D. Anderson. “Doctors will do an examination of the entire mouth, including the front and sides of the tongue, to check for tissue changes in the oral cavity.”

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. Head and neck cancers include cancers of the oral cavity, larynx (also known as the voice box) and pharynx (back of the throat).  

“Tobacco and alcohol use significantly increase a person’s chances of developing head and neck cancers,” said Ann Marie Gillenwater, M.D., professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at M. D. Anderson. “People at high risk for these cancers should speak with their doctor about ways to reduce their risks as well as how often to have checkups.”

Most people can be screened for oral cancer during a routine check-up by a doctor or dentist.

Parking is available in the Mays Clinic. From Holcombe Boulevard, turn south on Bertner Entrance 5 and enter the parking garage on your right. Take the parking ga­rage elevator to the second floor and follow the signs to the Cancer Prevention Center. Parking rates vary depending on length of stay, with a $10 maximum. Payment can be made by cash or credit card.

The event is sponsored by the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, Bristol-Myers Squibb and ImClone Systems.

The Cancer Prevention Center offers a wide range of screening and early detection services. Thorough cancer screening examinations include cancer risk assessment, screening exams based on age and gender, as well as personalized risk-reduction strategies.


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