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04/21/2011

Free Screening for Head and Neck Cancers


Nearly 13,000 of the 55,000 Americans diagnosed with a head or neck cancer this year will die despite the fact that head and neck cancers are highly treatable and the cure rate is good when they are detected in the early stages.

According to the Prevention Committee of the American Head and Neck Society, an annual screening for head and neck cancers assists in the early diagnosis and successful treatment of them. South Nassau Communities Hospital will hold a Free Head and Neck Cancer Screening Day Friday, May 20, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the hospital’s Conference Center A. Screenings will be conducted by Rajiv Datta, MD, medical director of the Cancer Center and chairman of the Department of Surgery; Louis Rosner, MD, chief of otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and Vincent Reid, MD, surgical oncologist.

Risk factors for head and neck cancers include habitual smoking or use of smokeless tobacco; frequent alcohol consumption; or excessive exposure to the sun. Tumors most often occur in the nasal passages, sinuses, mouth, throat, larynx (voice box), swallowing passages, salivary glands, and the thyroid gland. Their symptoms include persistent sores in the mouth; a lump or sore in the mouth that does not heal; a lump in the neck; a chronic sore throat; difficulty swallowing; and a change or hoarseness in the voice.

“Our mission is to safeguard the quality of life of the residents of the communities we serve by providing services and programs that prevent or detect debilitating or life-threatening diseases or illnesses,” said Dr. Datta. “If you are at risk or are experiencing symptoms, I strongly encourage you to visit the hospital on May 20 for a free screening.”

For more information, call South Nassau’s Oncology Program at (516) 632-3350. Information may also be obtained by sending an email to oncology@snch.org.



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