March 31, 2015
CONTACT: Susan Lampert Smith
Madison, Wis. — UW Health physicians will be offering free screenings as part of Head and Neck Cancer Awareness week.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 17 in the ENT (otolaryngology) clinic, which is located in the atrium of UW Hospital and Clinics, 600 Highland Ave. Park in the hospital ramp and your parking stub will be validated for free parking.
Risk factors for these cancers include a history of significant alcohol and tobacco use, exposure to the HPV virus, long-term acid reflux, long-term sore throat, and hoarseness. Some potential cancer signs are:
Lump in the neck
Pain in the neck or throat
Sore in the mouth or lip
Pain in the ear
Unusual bleeding, pain or numbness in the mouth or nose
Pain or difficulty when swallowing
Feeling of something caught in the throat
Swelling or trouble opening jaw
Hoarseness or change in the voice
Numbness in face
Blocked sinuses/sinus pain
There is no need to register ahead of time, but if you have questions, call Heather Geye at 608-265-6260. The event is hosted by the departments of Human Oncology & Surgery-Otolaryngology.