MeritCare Offers Free Head amp Neck Cancer Screening

MeritCare Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is offering free screenings during Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week, being held nationwide April 27- May 3. The screening is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and takes 15 minutes. It is painless and involves an examination of the mouth, throat, salivary glands, thyroid glands and neck lymph nodes. All adults are encouraged to be screened, especially those who use tobacco and alcohol. Eighty-five percent of head and neck cancers are linked to tobacco use. People who use both tobacco and alcohol are at greater risk for developing these cancers than people who use either tobacco or alcohol alone.

MeritCare Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is offering free screenings during Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week, being held nationwide April 27- May 3. The screening is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and takes 15 minutes. It is painless and involves an examination of the mouth, throat, salivary glands, thyroid glands and neck lymph nodes. All adults are encouraged to be screened, especially those who use tobacco and alcohol. Eighty-five percent of head and neck cancers are linked to tobacco use. People who use both tobacco and alcohol are at greater risk for developing these cancers than people who use either tobacco or alcohol alone.

The screening will be at MeritCare Clinic, 801 N. Broadway, desk 25, from April 27-May1. To schedule a screening, please call (701) 234-2331.

Additional Information:

According to Dr. David Montes, MeritCare oral and maxillofacial surgeon and member of the Great Plains Oral and Maxillofacial Cancer Foundation, last year an estimated 35,300 Americans were diagnosed with cancers of the head and neck – which include cancers of the oral cavity, larynx and pharynx - and about 7,600 died from the disease.

Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week, sponsored by the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, formerly the Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation, is a week in April annually dedicated to educating the public about these potentially life-threatening but highly treatable cancers, and to promoting prevention, screening and early detection. For more information, please visit OHANCAW.com.