DERBY, Conn. (WTNH) — The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Derby gave free cancer screenings to 51 people. This is in recognition of the 18th annual Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.
This is the fourth year the hospital has offered these services. As a result of the screenings, six people were referred for further evaluation and two others were referred to a dermatologist for skin lesions and one participant was referred to an endocrinologist for an enlarged thyroid.
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 121,790 new cases of head and neck cancers will be diagnosed in 2015 and more than 14,000 died.
Oral cancer screenings are recommended for every adult, especially for tobacco and alcohol users. Oral cancer cases are on the rise in younger adults who do not smoke, and recent research indicates this development is due partly to the increase of the human papillomavirus virus (HPV).
Symptoms associated with oral cancer, include:
- A sore in your mouth that doesn’t heal or that increases in size
- Persistent pain in your mouth
- Lumps or white or red patches inside your mouth
- Difficulty chewing or 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
If you have any of these warning signs, contact your physician or call the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital at (203) 732-1260.