(Sioux Falls, SD) – A lump or sore that does not heal, a sore throat that does not go away, troubling swallowing or a change in the voice are all symptoms of head and neck cancer. These are all symptoms of cancers found in the head and neck.
In honor of oral, head and neck cancer awareness week, April 12-18, Sanford Clinic Ear, Nose & Throat will offer free head/neck exams.
An estimated 35,000 Americans are diagnosed annually with head and neck cancer. These cancers include that of the oral cavity, larynx and pharynx. Most cases are linked to tobacco and excessive alcohol use and are normally found in people over the age of 50. However, these cancers are increasingly affecting young, non-smokers with the human-papillomavirus, or HPV.
Most head and neck cancers are mostly preventable. Early screening and detection, along with not smoking, can prevent these cancers, according to the National Cancer Institute.
“An estimated 7,500 people died from head and neck cancer last year,” John Lee, MD, FACS with Sanford Clinic Ear, Nose & Throat said. “This number could be significantly lower if people simply get screened.”
People who would like to get screened for FREE are encouraged to make an appointment by calling 605-328-8200. The Sanford Clinic Ear, Nose & Throat is located at 1310 West 22nd Street, in the lower level of the Talley Building and is open Monday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Stacy Bauer Jones | Media Relations Coordinator
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