OHSU Offers Free Head and Neck Cancer Screenings

08/21/09  Portland, OR

WHAT: As part of national Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is offering free head and neck cancer screenings. There is no pre-registration or appointment reservation required for this event. Participants need only to show up at the Center for Health & Healing (see time below).

Screening is quick and painless. It involves a personalized evaluation of head and neck cancer risk factors and a careful inspection of the face and scalp, skin, mouth, tongue, throat, thyroid and neck. OHSU doctors will also answer your questions and help people tell the difference between harmless symptoms and potentially dangerous signs of cancer.

WHO: Screenings are free and open to everyone.

WHEN: Friday, April 16, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: OHSU Center for Health & Healing lobby, 3303 S.W. Bond Ave., Portland, Ore.
Driving Directions and Parking: visit http://www.ohsuhealth.com/cancer and click on “About Us” and “Locations & Parking”, then click on “OHSU Center for Health & Healing.”
Parking will be free, tickets validated at screening.

DETAILS: Most head and neck cancers can be linked to tobacco use or sun exposure and are preventable. Most head and neck cancers can be cured if found early. At the screening get information to help people stop smoking and be safe in the sun. OHSU clinicians also will have information on the latest research, risk factors and local support group contacts.

About the Knight Cancer Institute
With the latest treatments, technologies, hundreds of research studies and approximately 400 clinical trials, the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is the only cancer center between Sacramento and Seattle designated by the National Cancer Institute — an honor earned only by the nation's top cancer centers. The honor is shared among the more than 650 doctors, nurses, scientists and staff who work together at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute to reduce the impact of cancer.

About OHSU
The Oregon Health & Science University is the state's only health and research university, and Oregon's only academic health center. OHSU is Portland's largest employer and the fourth largest in Oregon (excluding government). OHSU’s size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in the state. OHSU serves patients from every corner of the state, and is a conduit for learning for more than 3,400 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to every county in the state.