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Sandra Sgambati                                Cynthia Valentino
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Ten Minutes That Could Save Your Life

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Offers Free Screenings on April 14th in recognition of Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week

Englewood, NJ March 24, 2010 – Just because you can’t feel it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Ask the more than 35,000 Americans who were diagnosed with cancers of the head and neck last year. Unfortunately, many Americans do not recognize the symptoms of these life-threatening diseases, which include cancers of the oral cavity, larynx and pharynx, and by the time they are diagnosed, for some, it’s too late. In recognition of Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (www.englewoodhospital.com) will offer free screenings on April 14th from 4 – 7 pm. Registration is required for this free event.

In 2008, approximately 7,550 Americans died from oral, head and neck cancer. However, there is good news.  If diagnosed very early, oral, head and neck cancers can be more easily treated without significant complications, and the chances of survival greatly increase. 

Who should get tested?
Every adult.  Tobacco and alcohol users traditionally have been considered the people at greatest risk for these cancers. However, oropharyngeal cancer is on the rise in young adults who do not smoke. Researchers have attributed this development partly to the increase of the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Oropharyngeal cancers associated with HPV are more difficult to detect because these cancers usually occur on the back of the tongue or on the tonsils, providing all the more reason to get screened regularly.

What are the potential warning signs of oral cancers?
The signs and symptoms of oral cancer often go unnoticed. However, there are a few visible signs associated with these cancers that require immediate attention, including:

  • Red or white patches in the mouth that last more than two weeks

  • Change in voice or hoarseness that lasts more than two weeks

  • Sore throat that does not subside

  • Pain or swelling in the mouth or neck that does not subside

  • Lump in the neck

  • Ear pain

  • Difficulty speaking or swallowing

  • Difficulty breathing

Where and when can I get screened locally?
Englewood Hospital will offer free screenings for oral cancer in observance of the 12th annual Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week (OHANCAW) on April 14th from 4pm – 7pm. Each screening is painless and only takes about 10 minutes.

If you’re out of town, free screenings will be offered at over 150 participating institutions nationwide.  Visit www.OHANCAW.com for a list of those participating sites and for more information. OHANCAW is sponsored nationally by the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (formerly the Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation). 

If you have any of the above warning signs, do not wait for the free screenings and seek medical attention immediately.

Registration is required for this event. Call 1-866-980-EHMC for more information.  

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides patients with the highest level of compassionate care through a broad range of state-of-the-art clinical programs and the most advanced treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this thriving, acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in a variety of disciplines, including surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, pathology and critical care medicine.  Englewood Hospital is home to a Vascular Fellowship Program that has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of the medical staff at Englewood Hospital serve as faculty members at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned twice by its nursing staff.