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University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to Offer Free Head and Neck Cancer Screenings


The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) will host free head and neck cancer screenings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 20, at the Eye & Ear Institute, third floor, 203 Lothrop St., Oakland. The event will coincide with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week (April 11-17) sponsored by the Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation.

In 2007, more than 65,000 people will be diagnosed with oral, head or neck cancers and more than 12,500 will die. Oral, head and neck cancer refers to a variety of cancers that develop in the head and neck regions, such as the oral cavity, throat, paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity, larynx, thyroid and salivary glands, skin of the face and neck; and lymph nodes in the neck.

“More than 85 percent of head and neck cancers are related to tobacco use, making this one of the most preventable diseases of our time,” said Stephen Lai, M.D., head and neck surgeon and assistant professor in the department of otolaryngology at UPMC. “To see so many people suffering needlessly is heartbreaking. As physicians, we need to educate the public about head and neck cancer and encourage people to get regular checkups and to eliminate high-risk habits like smoking.”

The screenings are open to the public. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please call 412-647-2100.


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