A screening can help find cancer at an early stage. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat. Oral, head and neck cancers refer to many types of cancers but include those that arise in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, thyroid gland, salivary glands, throat or larynx (voice box).
Over the past decade, an increasing number of young non-smokers have developed mouth and throat cancer associated with HPV (human papilloma virus).
Additional risk factors include:
- Having used tobacco or nicotine
- Past or current heavy/frequent alcohol use
- A personal or family history of cancer in the head or neck area
- Unusual symptoms in the nose, mouth, lips or throat, such as a sore that doesn't heal, bleeding, soreness, any thickeneing or lumps, or a change in voice or swallowing
- A current or former sexual partner with a history of HPV.
Screenings will be provided by board certified Oncologists (cancer specialists) and Otolaryngologists (ear, nose, & throat specialists).
Appointments are required. Please complete the from below or call the Deaconess Head and Neck Cancer nurse navigator at 812-858-2268.