HOUSTON (April 07, 2016)

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center invites you to participate in free cancer screenings on Friday, April 15 in support of Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. The screenings will take place between noon and 3 p.m. on the 27th floor of the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza, located at 6400 Fannin St. No appointment is necessary and the screenings only take about ten minutes.

It’s extremely important to be aware of visible warning signs associated with oral, head and neck cancers as some of them may require immediate attention, including:

  • A sore in your mouth that doesn’t heal or increases in size
  • Persistent pain in your mouth
  • Lumps or white or red patches in your mouth
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing or moving your tongue
  • Soreness in your throat or feeling that something is caught in your throat
  • Changes in your voice
  • A lump in your neck

Oral, head and neck cancers claim approximately 13,000 lives per year. However, if diagnosed early, treatment options can be less invasive and the chance of survival increases drastically. It’s recommended that every adult be tested – especially alcohol and tobacco users as they are considered to be at the greatest risk. However, oral cancer cases in young adult non-smokers are on the rise due to an increase in the human papillomavirus (HPV) virus.

The screenings are offered jointly by McGovern Medical School at UTHealth’s Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. For more information, please call 713.222.CARE (2273).

About Memorial Hermann

An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for high-quality clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation. The system, with its exceptional medical staff and more than 24,000 employees, serves to advance health in Southeast Texas and the Greater Houston community. Memorial Hermann’s 14 hospitals include four hospitals in the Texas Medical Center: an acute care hospital which houses the Texas Trauma Institute and a Level I trauma center of which Life Flight® air ambulance is a part, a hospital for children, a rehabilitation hospital and an orthopedic and spine hospital; nine suburban hospitals; and a second rehabilitation hospital in Katy. The system also operates three Heart & Vascular Institutes, the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, three IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute locations, urgent care centers, convenient care centers, joint replacement centers, cancer centers, imaging and surgery centers, sports medicine and rehabilitation centers, outpatient laboratories, a chemical dependency treatment center, a home health agency, a retirement community and a nursing home.