HOUSTON (April 08, 2015)

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center invites you to participate in free cancer screenings on Friday, April 17 in support of Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. The screenings will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza, located at 6400 Fannin, on the 27th floor.

Oral, head and neck cancers claim approximately 13,000 lives per year. However, if diagnosed early, treatment options can be less invasive and the chance of survival increases drastically. It’s recommended that every adult be tested – especially alcohol and tobacco users as they are considered to be at the greatest risk. However, oral cancer cases in young adult non-smokers are on the rise due to an increase in the human papillomavirus (HPV) virus.

It’s extremely important to be aware of visible warning signs associated with oral, head and neck cancers as some of them may require immediate attention, including:

The screenings are offered jointly by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School’s Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. No appointment is necessary for this event. For more information, please call 713.222.CARE (2273)