Maybe It’s Not Just a Toothache or Sore Throat James Graham Brown Cancer Center to Offer Free Screenings on April 18
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LOUISVILLE – Maybe you think it’s just a minor annoyance that you dismiss as nothing. Like cancer survivor Reginald Caldwell did. He had a toothache that just wouldn’t go away – a toothache that turned out to be head and neck cancer.
In fact, for many of the more than 50,000 Americans who were diagnosed with cancers of the head and neck last year, they did not recognize any symptoms at all (see below for symptoms). Yet these are life-threatening diseases, which include cancers of the oral cavity, larynx and pharynx, and by the time they are diagnosed, for some, it’s too late.
Oral, head and neck cancers claim approximately 12,000 lives per year. However, there is hope: if diagnosed early, these cancers can be more easily treated without significant complications, and the chances of survival greatly increase.
The Head and Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Team from the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, a part of KentuckyOne Health, will offer free oral cancer screenings in observance of the 16th annual Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. The screenings will take place prior to and during an upcoming Louisville Bats game. It is painless and only takes about 10 minutes.
FREE Head and Neck Cancer Screening
DATE: April 18
WHERE: Louisville Slugger Field
TIME: 5 p.m. until about 8 p.m.
This is the fourth year that the cancer center has provided screenings at the Bats, with approximately 100 fans receiving a screening each year. Interested fans are encouraged to cheer on the Bats as they face the Indianapolis Indians, but tickets to the game are not required to receive a screening. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
What are the potential warning signs of oral cancers?
The signs and symptoms of oral cancer often go unnoticed. However, there are a few visible signs associated with these cancers that require immediate attention, including:
· A sore in your mouth that doesn't heal or that increases in size
· Persistent pain in your mouth
· Lumps or white or red patches inside your mouth
· Difficulty chewing or swallowing or moving your tongue
· Soreness in your throat or feeling that something is caught in your throat
· Changes in your voice
· A lump in your neck
Who should get tested?
“Every adult should get tested,” says Dr. Jeffrey Bumpous, the leader of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center’s Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Team. “Tobacco and alcohol users traditionally have been considered the populations at greatest risk for these cancers. However, oral cancer cases are on the rise in younger adults who do not smoke, and recent research indicates this development is due partly to the increase of the human papillomavirus (HPV) virus, a cancer-causing infection. HPV-related oral cancers are more difficult to detect because these cancers usually occur on the back of the tongue or on the tonsils, providing even more reason to get screened regularly.”
About the James Graham Brown Cancer Center
The James Graham Brown Cancer Center is a part of KentuckyOne Health and a key component of the University of Louisville's Health Sciences Center. As the region's leading academic, research, and teaching medical center, our patients benefit from the latest medical advances, often long before they become available in non-teaching settings. The Brown Cancer Center is affiliated with the Kentucky Cancer Program and the National Cancer Institute. It is the only cancer center in the region to use a unified approach to cancer care, with multidisciplinary teams of physicians working together to guide patients through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. For more information, visit our website www.browncancercenter.org.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with nearly 15,000 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky and has more than 3,100 licensed beds.