Free head and neck cancer screen
LUMBERTON — Gibson Cancer Center will conduct its annual free head and neck cancer screening event for adults on Aug. 18 from 1-5 p.m.
The event is being held in conjunction with the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine’s Robeson County Community Service Learning Center. For more information, call 910-671-5762.
“Gibson Cancer Center urges our community members to participate in our free head and neck screening. Individuals will receive a thorough exam and learn more of the symptoms of head and neck cancers, which include: a lump or a sore that does not heal, a sore throat that does not go away, difficulty in swallowing, and a change or hoarseness in the voice. These symptoms may also be caused by other, less serious conditions. However, it’s important to get screened right away,” Physician Assistant Catherine Gaines said. “For our community members who are tobacco users or who have the Human Papillomavirus, we strongly urge each individual to get screened as both are high risk factors for oral, head and neck cancers.”
In 2017, it is estimated that there will be more than 120,000 new cases of oral, head and neck cancer diagnosed, and unfortunately, many individuals will not be aware of their cancer until it has reached an advanced stage. Oral, head and neck cancers now are ranked in the top five cancers worldwide.