Free Screening for Oral Cancers April 13

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Madison - It may be Friday the 13th, but it could be a lucky day for those who get a clean bill of health at their oral cancer screening.


UW Health physicians will be offering free screenings as part of Head and Neck Cancer Awareness week. Dr. Aaron Wieland, an otolaryngologist who is one of the screeners, says that fortunately most people have a normal exam.


"Some of the individuals who present for our screening are my current patients, who just like an extra check to make sure everything looks okay," says Wieland, an assistant professor of surgery.


Those who need a more in-depth exam will receive assistance in making appointments either with the UW Health clinics or with their home providers.


The event takes place from 10am-1pm Friday, April 13, in the ENT (otolaryngology) clinic, which is located in the atrium of University Hospital, 600 Highland Ave. Park in the hospital ramp and your parking stub will be validated for free parking.


Risk factors for these cancers include a history of significant alcohol and tobacco use, exposure to the HPV virus, long-term acid reflux and a history of chronic oral ulcers. Some potential signs of head and neck cancer include: a lump in the neck that persists beyond 3 weeks, pain in the neck or throat, a sore in the mouth or lip, pain in the ear, unusual bleeding, difficulty or pain with swallowing, new trouble or a change in jaw opening and hoarseness or a change in voice.


There is no need to register ahead of time, but if you have questions, call Heather Geye at (608) 265-6260. The event is hosted by the departments of Human Oncology & Surgery-Otolaryngology.

Date Published: 04/03/2018

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