UW Health: Free screening for oral and neck cancers April 17

For Release:

March 31, 2015

CONTACT: Susan Lampert Smith

(608) 890-5643

[email protected]

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

Frequent headaches.

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.