CALLOWAY COUNTY, KY (9/7/12) – Dr. Arthur Allen, Board-Certified ENT and Facial Plastic Surgeon at Murray-Calloway County Hospital, will host a free oral cancer and health screening event Saturday, Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Outpatient Services at MCCH.
The oral cancer screening is intended to help catch the cancer in its early stages and increase prevention awareness. Early-stage oral cancer is often painless and goes undetected but is highly curable at the early stage. A person’s risk for oral cancer increases with tobacco use, excessive consumption of alcohol, overexposure to the sun, or a family history of cancer.
“Early detection of oral cancer can greatly increase the chance of successful treatment,” Allen said. “I’ve worked with many patients facing oral cancer and they all wish they could have caught it sooner. That was the motivation to host this screening- to help the community catch this disease before it can grow and cause more problems.”
More than 40,000 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2012 and nearly 8,000 cases will be fatal. Oral cancer accounts for approximately 3 percent of cancers in men and 1.5 percent in women, according to a 2012 report by the National Cancer Institute.
In addition to the oral cancer screening, which will be administered by direct examination of the oral cavity, free blood pressure checks, osteoporosis heel scans, blood sugar checks, dermascans and carbon monoxide checks will be offered. A Registered Dietitian will be on hand to discuss blood sugar levels and other topics. The event will be held on the second floor of the South Tower in Outpatient Services.
Educational material will be provided by Murray ENT, MCCH, the Kentucky Cancer Program, the Calloway County Health Department and the American Cancer Society. The program is hosted through support by the Kentucky Cancer Program, Calloway County Health Department and Murray ENT.
Pre-registration is required for the oral cancer screening, but the other health screenings will be available without an appointment. For more information or to sign up, call (270) 762-1832.
Information provided by Kyser Lough
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