Bethesda, Md., (September 23, 2013) – Oral, head, and neck cancers are the sixth most common form of cancer in the United States, with 40,000 cases diagnosed annually. Smokers and tobacco users are at highest risk for these cancers, but it’s a growing concern for non-smokers as well.
Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Cancer Center physicians are providing FREE head and neck cancer screenings on Tuesday, October 29 from 3-5 pm at the Suburban Outpatient Medical Center, 6420 Rockledge Drive, Suite 1200, Bethesda.
Are you at risk? Smokers are six times more likely than non-smokers to develop oral cancer. Those who chew tobacco increase the risk of cancers of their cheek, gums, and inner surfaces of the lip by 50 percent. People who drink three or more alcoholic beverages a day have twice the risk of head and neck cancers as those who never drink. And sexually transmitted HPV (human papillomavirus) is also a growing factor as a cause of certain oral cancers.
The free 10-minute screenings are easy and painless. Even if you are not at risk, early detection matters. Registration is required and can be completed online at suburbanhospital.org/events or by calling 301-896-3939.
About Suburban Hospital
Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a not-for-profit, community-based hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, that has served Montgomery County and the surrounding area for almost 70 years. Suburban Hospital is distinguished by a cutting-edge stroke program; level II trauma center; centers of excellence in cardiac care, orthopedics and joint replacement surgery, neurosciences and oncology; state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools; and affiliations with world-class institutions, including the neighboring National Institutes of Health.