FREE Oral Head & Neck Cancer Screenings
You’re invited to attend these FREE screening events hosted by OHC and Mercy Health.
OHC wants you to have the best chance at finding cancer as early as possible – while it’s small and contained. Our doctors attack cancer at any stage with the newest treatments, and the sooner cancer is discovered, the better the outcomes. That’s why the doctors at OHC are partnering with Mercy Health to offer free oral, head and neck cancer screenings.
If you have these risk factors, you should get screened:
- Regular alcohol consumption
- Possible exposure to HPV (human papillomavirus)
- Over age 55
Registration is required. Call OHC at 513-751-2145 today to reserve your space. (If you call after 5pm, please leave a message and we’ll be happy to return your call the next business day.)
- Screenings will occur in 10-minute intervals
- Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time
Thursday, April 18
Medical Office Building across from The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health
4750 E. Galbraith Road, Suite 215
Cincinnati, OH 45236
- Marc R. Mosbacher, MD – OHC Radiation Oncologist
- Alter Peerless, MD – Mercy Health ENT
Thursday, May 23
OHC Eastgate Office
601 Ivy Gateway, Cincinnati, OH 45245 – OHC’s entrance is on the right side of the building
- Joseph N. Shaughnessy, MD – OHC Radiation Oncologist
- Matthew Vajen, MD – Mercy Health ENT
What to Expect During the Screening
Screening is quick and painless. The doctors will visually examine your head, neck, face and mouth to look for any masses, lesions and swelling, or any facial asymmetry. They will compare both sides of your neck for any signs of enlargement, while feeling for any enlarged lymph nodes.
They will then examine your mouth to look for both red and white lesions on the mucous membrane, as well any masses within the tissues. While examining your tongue, the doctors will note any ulcers, swellings or other abnormalities, and will likely ask you to stick out your tongue and move it from side to side to look for any spasms or asymmetry. They will use what’s called a laryngeal mirror to inspect the inside of the back of your throat.
More About Risk Factors for Oral Head and Neck Cancers
About 80 percent 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 percent 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.
HPV is short for human papillomavirus. HPV is a group of viruses of which a select few are linked to cancer. 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 genital warts and cancer. Men and women can get cancer of mouth/throat caused by HPV infections. There are vaccines that can prevent infection with the types of HPV that most commonly cause cancer.
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.