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Evansville Cancer Center/Vantage Oncology Encourages Public to Attend Third Annual Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screenings Event

Free Screenings Scheduled at Evansville Cancer Center/Vantage Oncology, April 22nd

EVANSVILLE, Ind. In recognizing April as National Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month, Evansville Cancer Center/Vantage Oncology (ECC/VO) and Therapy Associates is hosting its third annual oral, head and neck cancer screenings event. The free cancer screenings will be provided by board certified otolaryngologists Chris Chacko, M.D. of Tri-State Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons and Ryan Palmer, M.D. and Young Paik, M.D. of Midwest ENT as well as Medical Director Jon D. Frazier, M.D. and radiation oncologist Noah Taylor of ECC/VO on Tuesday, April 22nd from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The screenings will take place at ECC/VO located at 700 North Burkhardt Road in Evansville. Screenings will be performed by appointment only. For more information about the event and/or to schedule a screening, please call Miranda at 812-253-9129, e-mail Robin Lawrence at, or visit

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 42,440 new cases of oral, head and neck cancers will be diagnosed in 2014 with an estimated 8,390 of those cases resulting in death. Oral, head and neck cancer refers to a variety of cancers that develop in the head and neck region, such as the tongue, tonsils, sinuses, the larynx (voice box), thyroid and salivary glands, the skin of the face and neck, and the lymph nodes in the neck.

Common warning signs are:
• Red or white patch in the mouth that lasts more than two weeks
• Change in voice or hoarseness that lasts more than two weeks
• Sore throat that does not subside
• Pain or swelling in the mouth or neck that does not subside
• Lump in the neck

Other warning signs that occur during later stages of the disease include:
• Ear pain
• Difficulty speaking or swallowing
• Difficulty breathing

According to the ACS, the most effective prevention strategy continues to be the cessation of behaviors such as smoking, use of chewing tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption. Eighty-five percent of head and neck cancers are related to tobacco use. Research has linked the increase of tongue and tonsil cancer incidence in young adults, a population traditionally at low risk, to the rise of human papillomavirus (HPV), a cancer-causing virus that can be transmitted through oral sex.

“If we can detect oral, head and neck cancers at its earliest stages, we can significantly improve our patients’ quality of life and chance of survival,” said Dr. Frazier. “It is imperative that we continue to educate our surrounding communities about these deadly diseases and help them understand why making a few positive lifestyle changes, along with undergoing annual screenings, can dramatically reduce their risk.”

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