News Release: Emory Healthcare

Apr. 6,  2010

Emory Offers Free Screening During Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week

Emory University School of Medicine's Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, are offering free oral cancer screenings during National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness week, April 12-19.

Every adult should be tested for oral cancer. Although tobacco and alcohol users are most at risk, oropharyngeal cancer is on the rise in young adults who do not smoke. Researchers attribute this rise to the increase of the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, which can be transmitted by oral sex. These cancers are harder to detect because they occur on the back of the tongue or on the tonsils, providing all the more reason to get screened regularly. Early diagnosis results in better outcomes.

The test is painless and only takes about 10 minutes.

Emory Clinic screenings are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, April 14, 8 am-12 pm, 1365 A Clifton Rd. (Clinic A), 2nd Floor, Department of Otolaryngology
  • Friday, April 16, 1 pm-4 pm 1365 B Clifton Rd. (Clinic B), 2nd Floor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance has organized the free screenings yearly for 13 years. Screenings are offered at 150 participating institutions nationwide. For more information about the screenings or the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, visit or


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service.

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