Free oral, head, neck screenings at Memorial Hermann Southeast

Published 04/11/2014


HOUSTON -- Free oral, head and neck cancer screenings will be held from 9a.m. to 12p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

More than 50,000 oral, head and neck cancer cases are diagnosed annually (American Cancer Society, 2009). These cancers are most often linked to tobacco use - 85% of patients have a history of smoking; however, over the past decade, a growing number of young, non-smokers have developed oral cancer associated with the human-papillomavirus, or HPV. Today, 25 percent – 10,000 cases each year – might be attributable to a strain of HPV.

April 20 – 26 is International Oral, Head, & Neck Cancer Awareness Week meant to promote public awareness and the importance of early detection. In conjunction with awareness week, Memorial Hermann Southeast is holding a free screening at Memorial Hermann Southeast-Cancer Center, 11920 Astoria Blvd., Suite 100.

Although the event is free, registration is required. Call 713.222.CARE (2273)