Mar 09, 2015 10:00 AM

Author: Cancer Learning Center


Each year, 40,000 Americans develop oral, head, and neck cancers. HCI holds a free oral cancer screening clinic every year. A screening is looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms. Screening for oral cancer may also be done during a routine check-up by a dentist. If oral cancer is found early, it is much easier to treat.

 Who should get screened for oral cancer?

Consider getting screened if you have a history of tobacco use (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smokeless/chewing tobacco) or any of these symptoms:

  • A sore in the mouth that doesn’t go away
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Voice changes
  • A growth or swelling in the mouth or neck
  • Loose teeth or dentures that no longer fit well
  • A white or reddish patch on the inside of the mouth
  • A lump or thickening on the lips, gums, or mouth
  • Bleeding, pain, or numbness in the lips or mouth

Other conditions that are not oral cancer may cause these same symptoms.

What happens at the oral cancer screening?

A doctor will look into your mouth and feel your neck. The screening will last about five minutes.

When is the free oral cancer screening at HCI?

Saturday, April 4, 9 a.m. to noon.
HCI’s Cancer Hospital, Outpatient Clinic 1A
1950 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, Utah

Please call for an appointment at 1-888-424-2100.


Cancer Learning Center

Huntsman Cancer Institute
cancerinfo@hci.utah.edu

Sign Up for Weekly Health Updates

Get weekly emails of the latest news from HealthFeed.