For the fourth straight year, Griffin Hospital will offer free oral, head and neck cancer screenings from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby.
Held during Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, the free screenings aim to catch cancers that arise in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, thyroid glands, salivary glands, throat or larynx (voice box) at an early and treatable stage.
“Just because a person can’t feel anything out of the ordinary, doesn’t mean a cancer of the head and neck isn’t there,” said Dr. Ken Yanagisawa, an ear, nose and throat specialist and president elect of the Connecticut ENT Society.
“More than 100,000 Americans were diagnosed with these types of cancers last year," Yanagisawa said. "Unfortunately, many Americans do not recognize the symptoms of these life-threatening diseases and by the time they are diagnosed, for some, it’s too late.