Marshall Medical Center in partnership with Cold Springs Dental will be
hosting a free screening event for head and neck cancer on October 16
from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
If you smoke, drink alcohol or are sexually active, you may be at risk
for cancer. A free, 10-minute screening could save your life.
This year, there will be 65,000 new cases and 14,000 deaths from oral,
head and neck cancer or cancers that arise in the oral cavity (mouth),
larynx (voicebox), pharynx (throat), sinuses, nasal cavity or salivary glands.
Alcohol and tobacco use (including smokeless tobacco) are the two most
important risk factors for head and neck cancers, especially for cancers
of the oral cavity and throat. Alcohol and tobacco use accounts for at
least 75 percent of these cancers and the risk increases for those who
use both. Infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) contracted through
sexual contact is also a risk factor for some types of head and neck cancers.
Other risk factors include:
- Consumption of certain preserved or salted foods during childhood
- Poor oral hygiene and missing teeth
- Occupational exposure to wood dust, asbestos and synthetic fibers
- Radiation exposure
- Epstein-Barr virus infection
- Asian, particularly Chinese, ancestry
Symptoms of head and neck cancers may include a lump or a sore that won’t
heal, a persistent sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and a change or
hoarseness in the voice. Since these are symptoms that are also associated
with other conditions, a specific head and neck cancer screening is very
Come to Cold Springs Dental on October 16 anytime between 9:00 a.m. and
1:00 p.m. at 2900 Cold Springs Road in Placerville for your free screening.
Marshall Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit community healthcare
provider located in the heart of the Sierra Foothills. Marshall Medical
Center includes Marshall Hospital, a fully accredited acute care facility
with 125 beds in Placerville; several outpatient facilities in Cameron
Park, El Dorado Hills and Georgetown; and many community health and education
programs. Marshall has over 200 licensed practitioners and over 1,600
employees providing quality healthcare services to over 180,000 residents
of El Dorado County.