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Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screenings

March 29, 2011

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center is offering free oral, head and neck cancer screenings on Thursday, April 14 from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at The Community Health Education Center, 110 Crystal Run Road, Middletown. This oral exam will be provided by Lisette Giraud, M.D., Ofer Jacobowitz, M.D., PhD and Sergey Koyfman, D.O.

Registration is required. To schedule an exam, please call The Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) by Wednesday, April 13. Appointments are limited and will be made on a first come, first serve basis. Participants of the screening must be over 18 years of age.

Just because you can’t feel it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Just ask the more than 30,000 Americans who were diagnosed with cancers of the head and neck last year. Unfortunately, many Americans do not recognize the symptoms of these life-threatening diseases, which include cancers of the oral cavity, larynx and pharynx, and by the time they are diagnosed, for some, it’s too late.

Oral, head and neck cancers claim approximately 8,000 lives per year, or about one life per hour. However, there is hope; if diagnosed early, these cancers can be more easily treated without significant complications, and the chances of survival greatly increase.

What are the potential warning signs of oral cancers?
The signs and symptoms of oral cancer often go unnoticed. However, there are a few visible signs associated with these cancers that require immediate attention, including:
• Red or white patches in the mouth that last 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
• Ear pain
• Difficulty speaking or swallowing
• Difficulty breathing

For more information on Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.ormc.org or call 1-888-321-ORMC. Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

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