OHSU Knight Cancer Institute to provide free head, neck and skin cancer screenings

03/28/13  Portland, Ore.


Oregon Health & Science University Knight Cancer Institute is offering free screenings for cancers that develop on the skin (face and scalp) as well as in the mouth, throat and neck. Health care professionals will also provide participants with information about symptoms and risk factors associated with these forms of the disease. Physicians at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and elsewhere are seeing larger numbers of younger patients who are suffering from cancers that develop on the head (face and scalp) and neck.


7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 19. No appointments are necessary. Screenings are first come, first served. Translation services in Mandarin and Spanish will be available from noon to 3:30 p.m.


OHSU Center for Health & Healing lobby, 3303 S.W. Bond Ave., Portland. (The Center for Health & Healing is near the base of the Portland Aerial Tram.)




Screening for cancers that develop on the head and neck, including the face, scalp, mouth, throat and thyroid, is quick and painless. It simply involves a physical exam. Along with the screening, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute physicians, OHSU dentists and other physicians will be available to answer questions and help participants learn how to differentiate between harmless symptoms and potentially dangerous signs of cancer. As part of the screening with a physician or dentist, participants will receive a personalized risk assessment for skin cancer on the face and scalp, thyroid cancer and cancers of the mouth, throat and neck.

Screenings are made possible with support from the Joyce N. Furman Memorial Fund for the Advancement of Head and Neck Oncology.

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state's only public academic health and research university. As one of Oregon's largest employers with more than 14,000 employees, OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support not found anywhere else in the state. OHSU serves patients from every corner of Oregon and is a conduit for learning for more than 4,400 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to each county in the state.