FREE Oral Head & Neck Cancer Screenings Hosted by OHC and Mercy Health – West Hospital
Date: Thursday, December 7
Time: 5 – 7 p.m. – The free screenings will be scheduled in 15 minute intervals, so registration is required.
Register: Call Michelle at 513-215-0212
Location: Mercy Health-West Hospital Campus
Medical Office Building (the MOB closest to the hospital)
3301 Mercy Health Blvd – Suite 445, Cincinnati, OH 45211
As part of Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month, Joseph Shaughnessy, MD, Radiation Oncologist with OHC, and Mark Gutowski, MD, Ear, Nose and Throat specialist with Mercy Health – West Hospital, are teaming up to provide free Oral Head and Neck Cancer screenings on the Mercy Health – West Hospital campus. If you have these risk factors, you should get screened!
• Regular alcohol consumption
• Possible exposure to HPV (human papillomavirus)
• Over age 55
More About Risk Factors For Common Oral Head and Neck Cancers
What is HPV?
HPV is short for human papillomavirus.
HPV is a group of more than 150 related viruses. Some HPV types can lead to cancer. Men and women can get cancer of mouth/ throat caused by HPV infections. But there are vaccines that can prevent infection with the types of HPV that most commonly cause cancer.
How do people get HPV?
HPV is transmitted through intimate skin-to-skin contact. HPV is so common that nearly all men and women get it at some point in their lives. HPV can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms. You can develop symptoms years after being infected, making it hard to know when you first became infected. In most cases, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause any health problems. But when HPV does not go away, it can cause health problems like cancer.
About 80% of people with oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers use tobacco in the form of cigarettes, chewing tobacco or snuff. The risk of developing oral cancer depends on the duration and frequency of tobacco use. Even moderate use can cause cancer.
About 70% of people diagnosed with oral cancer are heavy drinkers. This risk is higher for people who use both alcohol and tobacco. For people who smoke and drink heavily, the risk of oral cancer may be as high as 100% more than the risk for people who do not smoke or drink.
As with many cancers, the risk of developing oral cancer increases with age. Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women, with most people being over the age of 55.