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This year Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week is April 9-13, 2018. To celebrate, the Temple Head & Neck Institute will be providing FREE head and neck screening examinations on the Temple University Hospital, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and Jeanes Hospital campuses. Our goal is to not only identify those with signs and symptoms that are worrisome for head and neck cancer, but to also provide key information and education which will hopefully empower patients and spread the word of how to watch and look for early changes in the mouth, head, or neck which might not be normal. New: Pulmonary medicine will also be available on-site to identify patients who may be good candidates for lung cancer screening.

Head & Neck Cancer Screening Schedule

Monday, April 9, 2018 8:00am – 12:00pm
Temple University Hospital
Rooms C & D, B106 (near cafeteria)
3401 N Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Young Pavilion, Desk 1
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Friday, April 13, 2018 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Jeanes Hospital
Department of Rehabilitation
2nd Floor Patient Care Pavilion
7600 Central Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

How do I get screened?

To schedule a screening, you can call the Temple Head & Neck Institute OR you can simply "walk-in" and register on site on the day of the event! If you have questions, or want to pre-schedule a screening, you can call 215-728-0574. Please specifically mention the head and neck cancer screening event when you call.

What is involved in a head and neck cancer screening?

You will fill out a brief form with questions about your recent and past health. This helps us identify your cancer risk. One of our Head & Neck Cancer physicians will also examine you. This will include a careful examination of your mouth, face and neck.

Who should get tested?

Tobacco and alcohol users are at the greatest risk for these cancers. However, tonsil and tongue cancer is 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 (HPV) virus, a cancer-causing infection that can be transmitted by oral sex.  HPV-related oral cancers are more difficult to detect because these cancers usually occur on the back of the tongue or on the tonsils, providing even more reason to get screened regularly.

Head & Neck Cancer Facts

  • Oral, Head and Neck cancer refers to many types of cancers but includes those that arise in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, thyroid glands, salivary glands, throat or larynx (voice box).
  • The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 122,220 new cases of oral cavity & pharynx, larynx, thyroid and eye/orbital cancers and 16,350 deaths from these cancers in 2018.
  • The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention predicts that new cases of oropharyngeal cancer are expected to increase by about 30% in white men from 2010 - 2020 as a result of HPV.

Risk Factors for Head & Neck Cancer

  • Tobacco (including smokeless tobacco) and alcohol use are very important risk factors for oral, head and neck cancers, particularly those of the tongue, mouth, throat and voice box. People who use both tobacco and alcohol are at greater risk for developing these cancers than people who use either tobacco or alcohol alone. (Source: National Cancer Institute).
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) has recently emerged as a leading cause of oropharyngeal (tonsil and base of tongue) cancer, particularly in non-smokers and younger age groups. It is thought that these cancers are related to oral sex. 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.
  • While anyone can develop thyroid cancers, a family history or exposure to radiation is considered a factor that may increase the risk. Most salivary gland cancers do not seem to be associated with any particular cause.