Mar 162012
 

The School of Dental Medicine’s Hospital Dentistry in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, and Vidant Medical Center will be providing free cancer screenings April 7th before the ECU-Houston Baseball game from 8:00 – 10:00 am.  Faculty members along with students from the School of Dental Medicine will have four dental chairs and lights set up on the ECU home team side of Clark-Leclair Stadium.

Faculty will be conducting head, neck, and oral cancer exams, while the students are educating participants about the importance of oral hygiene.  The students will help escort patients to the dentist, observe the exam, and then escort the patient to the education stations that will also be on site.  The screenings are free and painless and will last approximately ten minutes.

Oral, head and neck cancers claim approximately 12,000 lives per year, according to the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance.  Many Americans do not recognize the symptoms of these 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.

For additional information about oral, head and neck cancers, visit http://www.headandneck.org/site/c.8hKNI0MEImI4E/b.6281225/k.BDD9/Home.htm.

 

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