According to the American Cancer Society, about 49,670 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer in 2017. Gordon Hospital, in partnership with Dalton Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates, will offer free oral, head, and neck cancer screenings on Thursday, June 29 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Harris Radiation Therapy Center to give people the opportunity to be checked for these types of cancers by health professionals.
Oral cavity cancers can occur in the lips, cheeks, teeth, gums, the front two-thirds of the tongue, floor of the mouth, and hard palate. Oropharynx cancers can occur in the base of the tongue, soft palate, tonsils, and the side and back wall of the throat. The average age of those diagnosed with these cancers is 62, but they can occur in younger people. Tobacco and alcohol are among the biggest risk factors for oral, head, and neck cancers. Others include a poor diet, pre-cancerous growths, and exposure to ultraviolet light.
Limited space is available, so please call 706.879.5850 to register for this free screening.
About Gordon Hospital
Founded in 1935, Gordon Hospital is proud to be a member of Adventist Health System. With 45 hospital campuses and more than 8,300 licensed beds in nine states, Adventist Health System is a faith-based healthcare organization headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida. A national leader in quality, safety, and patient satisfaction, Adventist Health System’s more than 80,000 employees maintain a tradition of whole-person health by caring for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of every patient. Each Adventist Health System facility operates independently in delivering care and services to best meet the needs of the local communities they serve. While each entity is unique, all remain united in one mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ.