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New Orleans, LA – The Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans Schools of Medicine and Dentistry will screen patients for oral, head and neck cancer at free screenings at the Interim LSU Public Hospital, 2021 Perdido Street on Monday, April 27 and Thursday, April 30, 2009. The first 100 patients will be screened each day from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the ENT-Oral Surgery Clinic. No appointments are necessary. The screenings are quick, painless, and designed to advance early diagnosis, which can lead to better outcomes.

Oral cancer is cancer that arises in the head or neck region, including the lips, cheek, gums, tongue, palate, and may affect the lymph glands in the neck. According to the American Cancer Society, it is the sixth most common form of cancer in the United States, with 35,300 cases diagnosed in 2008 alone.

Some signs and symptoms include:

A sore in your mouth that doesn't heal or that increases in size

Persistent pain in your mouth

Lumps or white, red or dark patches inside your mouth

Thickening of your cheek

Difficulty chewing or swallowing or moving your tongue

Difficulty moving your jaw, or swelling or pain in your jaw

Soreness in your throat or feeling that something is caught in your throat

Pain around your teeth, or loosening of your teeth

Numbness of your tongue or elsewhere in your mouth

Changes in your voice

                                 A lump in your neck










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