Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screening
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) will offer a free community-wide Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screening event Saturday, March 15. The free screening will be offered by the SJMO Cancer program, in cooperation with the Dental Residency program.
The screening is quick and easy. It is noninvasive and painless. Participants should sign up for a 10-minute appointment between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. that day. Appointments may be made by calling 1-800-372-6094. The screening will take place in the Cancer Resource and Support Center within the Alice Gustafson Center on campus.
Oral, head and neck cancer is the sixth most common form of cancer in the United States and 40,000 cases are diagnosed annually. Most oral cancers arise on the lips, tongue or on the floor of the mouth, but they may also occur inside the cheeks, on the gums or on the roof of the mouth. These also include cancers in the throat, voice box, skin, sinuses, saliva glands and thyroid gland.
There generally are no early signs of these cancers. Signs of these cancers in later stages may include a sore in the mouth that does not heal, constant mouth pain, lumps or patches in the mouth, pain around the teeth, voice changes, sore throat, swallowing pain, earache, voice changes and bleeding. See Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screening flyer