Middletown, NY- In recognition of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center is offering free oral, head and neck cancer screenings. Appointments are available during the week of April 23rd at the Community Health Education Center, 110 Crystal Run Road, Middletown. Registration is required. To schedule an exam, please call The Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) by Friday, April 20. 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. Screenings will be provided by Mark Driver, M.D.; Ofer Jacobowitz, M.D., PhD; Sergey Koyfman, D.O.; Thomas Littner, D.D.S, P.C. and Kweon Stambaugh, M.D.
According to the American Cancer Society, head and neck cancer accounts for approximately 3% to 5% of all cancers in the United States. This year, an estimated 52,000 people will develop head and neck cancer. However, many symptoms go undetected, but, if diagnosed early, these cancers can be more easily treated without significant complications and the chances of survival greatly increase.
“Given that we know early detection is a key component to more favorable outcomes for those diagnosed with some form of oral, head or neck cancer, we’re proud to offer this service to our community,” said Dr. Sergey Koyfman, Medical Director of Orange Regional’s Head and Neck Cancer Services.
The signs and symptoms of oral cancer often go unnoticed though there are visible signs 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 services offered at Orange Regional’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center or to find a Head and Neck Oncologist, please call 1-888-321-ORMC or visit www.ormc.org.
Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.