March 1, 2016

UAMS to Offer Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screenings April 15

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is offering free oral, head and neck cancer screenings from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. April 15 on the sixth floor of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

Screenings are noninvasive, take about 10 minutes and are conducted by the UAMS Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

To make an appointment, call (501) 603-1212 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 11-14. Walk-ins are welcome but may experience a short wait. Free parking is available in Parking Deck 3, located at Cedar Street and Capitol Avenue.

Oral, head and neck cancers include those that arise in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, thyroid glands, salivary glands, throat or larynx (voice box). In 2016, there will be more than 120,000 new cases of cancer of the oral cavity, pharynx, throat and thyroid in the United States, and approximately 14,240 deaths from these cancers.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) has recently emerged as a leading cause of tonsil and base of tongue cancer, particularly in nonsmokers and younger age groups. While the majority of all head and neck cancers are linked to tobacco and alcohol use, over half of tonsil and base of tongue cancers are linked to HPV.

Signs and symptoms of oral, head and neck cancer include sores in the mouth that do not go away, a growth or swelling in the neck, persistent sore throat, trouble swallowing or voice changes.