SBL Offers Free Head and Neck Cancer Screenings

April 1, 2013 10:41 a.m.

Sarah Bush Lincoln Ear, Nose and Throat Physician Lori Cudone, MD, will offer free head and neck cancer exams to the public from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 16; and from 8 am to 11:30 am on Saturday, April 20, at SBL’s ENT Clinic in Mattoon.

Dr. Cudone and associates will perform a screening exam to check for head and neck cancers, including cancers of the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, salivary glands, throat, or larynx (voice box).

April 14 to 20 has been designated nationally as Oral Cancer Awareness Week. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 35,000 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancers each year, and more than 7,000 people die from these cancers. Risk factors for this type of cancer are age, smoking, chewing tobacco, use of alcohol, poor nutrition and the HPV virus. Early detection of suspicious areas in the mouth and tongue can be done routinely at regular dental office visits and by a family doctor.

For more information or to make an appointment for a free cancer exam, call the SBL ENT Clinic at (217) 258- or 348-2409. The clinic is located at 500 Health Center Drive, Suite 401, Mattoon.

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