From OHC, Specialists in Cancer and Blood Disorders

December 21, 2019

Screenings save lives. It’s been proven time and time again. That’s why OHC will once again offer free head and neck cancers screenings to help people catch potential oral cancers and begin treatment as soon as possible.

Close to 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 9,750 deaths, killing roughly one person per hour. Of those 53,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in five years.

Historically the death rate associated with head and neck cancers nationally has been particularly high because the cancer is often discovered at a later stage. One reason for this late discovery is because there is no national standard screening program like those for breast and colon cancer. Without screenings, late-stage discovery is more common.

“As with many cancers, the earlier head and neck cancers are diagnosed, the better the outcome,” said OHC’s Joshua B. Martin, MD, radiation oncologist. “In fact, head and neck cancer is considered highly curable – often with a single type of treatment, usually surgery or radiation – but that’s only if it’s detected early.”

OHC is taking steps to help increase survival rates by offering free head and neck cancers screenings. During the screening, OHC’s doctors will:

  • Visually examine your head, neck, face and mouth to look for any masses, lesions and swelling, or any facial asymmetry
  • Compare both sides of your neck for any signs of enlargement, including any enlarged lymph nodes
  • Examine your mouth to look for both red and white lesions on the mucous membrane and any masses within the tissues
  • Examine your tongue for any ulcers, swellings or other abnormalities
  • Ask you to stick out your tongue and move it from side to side to look for any spasms or asymmetry
  • Inspect the inside of the back of your throat using a laryngeal mirror

“These screenings are quick and painless, and thanks to OHC, they’re free, so there’s no reason for anyone not be checked, especially if they’re at risk,” Dr. Martin added. “Risk factors include smoking, regular alcohol consumption, possible exposure to HPV and if you are age 55 and older.”

OHC encourages you to attend one of the free educational and screening events. Registration is required. Please call 513-751-2145 today to reserve your space. Screenings will occur in 10-minute intervals.

  • January 23, 2020: 5 – 7 pm, Medical Office Building, 4760 E. Galbraith Rd. Suite 108, Cincinnati, OH 45236 (across the street from The Jewish Hospital)
  • March 19, 2020: 5 – 7 pm at OHC Eastgate, 601 Ivy Gateway, Cincinnati 45245, Enter from the south side of the building, not the main entrance
  • May 21, 2020: 5 – 7 pm at Medical Office Building, Suite 500, on the campus of Mercy Health – West Hospital, 3301 Mercy Health Boulevard, Cincinnati 45211
  • September 17, 2020: 5 – 7 pm at Medical Office Building, on the campus of Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital, 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, 45103
  • November 5, 2020: 5 – 7 pm at Medical Arts Building, Suite 205, on the campus of Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital, 2960 Mack Road, Fairfield 45014

To learn more about this and other events, please visit here.

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