3/28/2012 — Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and Yale Cancer Center will hold a free public screening for head and neck on Friday, April 13, from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., in the East Pavilion special events area at YNHH. The seventh annual screening, called "Check up from the neck up," is a simple, five-minute exam that can save lives.
More than 500,000 Americans each year are diagnosed with head and neck cancer, which can attack the nose, sinuses, mouth, ears, throat, larynx, thyroid, saliva glands and lymph nodes in the neck. Fifty percent of those diagnosed die within five years, making early detection essential.
Clarence Sasaki, MD, chief of otolaryngology at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and the Charles W. Ohse Professor of Surgery at Yale School of Medicine, urges people who have a history of these symptoms to be screened:
- Family or personal history of smoking
- Sore throat that persists for more than six weeks
- Hoarseness lasting longer than three weeks
- Presence of blood in their saliva or sputum
- Persistent ear pain
"Although the number of people who develop head and neck cancers is only 3 percent of all new cancers diagnosed in the US, these diseases can be devastating," Dr. Sasaki said. "This screening is a great way to get a very quick, basic exam by an ENT physician."
To register for the free screening, please call 888.700.6543. Walk-ins are welcome.