Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (March 24, 2014)---Botsford Cancer Center will be offering FREE screenings for cancers of the head and neck on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: 27900 Grand River Ave., Farmington Hills. Call 248-471-8120 to register. Registration required. Limited number of appointments. Exams performed by ear, nose and throat surgeon Warren Brandes, D.O., and his team of ENT residents.
According to the National Cancer Institute, alcohol and tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco (chewing tobacco or snuff), are the two most important risk factors for head and neck cancers. At least 75 percent of head and neck cancers are caused by tobacco and alcohol use.
The symptoms of head and neck cancers may include a lump or a sore that does not heal, a sore throat that does not go away, difficulty in swallowing, and a change or hoarseness in the voice. These symptoms may also be caused by other, less serious conditions. It is important to check with a doctor or dentist about any of these symptoms.
Head and neck cancers account for approximately three percent of all cancers in the United States. These cancers are nearly twice as common among men as they are among women. Head and neck cancers are also diagnosed more often among people over age 50 than they are among younger people.
PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. Warren Brandes examines a person for head and neck cancer at a previous free screening day at Botsford Cancer Center.
ABOUT BEAUMONT HEALTH
Beaumont Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare in 2014 to provide patients with the benefit of greater access to the highest quality, compassionate care, no matter where they live in southeast Michigan. The organization has budgeted net revenue of $4.1 billion and consists of eight hospitals with 3,337 beds, 168 outpatient sites, nearly 5000 physicians and 35,000 employees and about 3,500 volunteers. In 2014, the combined organizations had 175,675 inpatient admissions, 16,229 births and 492,148 emergency visits. Beaumont Health is the largest health system in Michigan for inpatient admissions and net patient revenue. For more information, visit beaumonthealth.org.
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