To educate adults in the community about the importance of HNC prevention, OHC radiation oncologists and Mercy Health ear, nose, and throat doctors are providing free oral HNC screenings over the next few months at several locations.

According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, every hour, an oral or oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) patient dies in America. The incidence and mortality of OPC, a common head and neck cancer (HNC), have steadily increased in the U.S. during the past two decades. Typically, the earlier healthcare providers discover HNC the better the outcomes for patients. In fact, through HPV vaccination, we can practically eliminate this life-threatening disease.

 Head and neck cancer includes cancers of the mouth, nose, sinuses, salivary glands, throat, and lymph nodes. Adults with a smoking history, those who regularly consume alcohol, and/or those with possible exposure to the human papillomavirus (HPV) should be screened.

 “HPV infection is the fastest-growing cause of HNC,” noted OHC radiation oncologist Courtney L. Hentz, MD. “We need to redouble our efforts to create more awareness about HNC prevention and the importance of HPV vaccination.”

 Following are details on the upcoming free screenings:

Anderson Township, Thursday, August 25, 5-7 p.m.
Mercy Health - Anderson Ear, Nose and Throat
7502 State Road, Suite 4400
Cincinnati, OH 45255

Batavia, Thursday, September 29, 5-7 p.m.
Mercy Health - Clermont Ear, Nose and Throat
2055 Hospital Drive, Suite 310
Batavia, OH 45103

Fairfield, Thursday, October 13, 5-7 p.m.
Mercy Health - Fairfield Ear, Nose and Throat
2960 Mack Road, Suite 200
Fairfield, OH 45014

Montfort Heights, Thursday, October 27, 5-7 p.m.
Mercy Health - West Ear, Nose and Throat
3301 Mercy Health Blvd., Suite 500
Cincinnati, OH 45211

Kenwood, Thursday, November 3, 5-7 p.m.
Mercy Health - Kenwood Ear, Nose and Throat
4760 E. Galbraith Road, Suite 108
Cincinnati, OH 45236

Screenings will occur in 10-minute intervals and registration is required. To register, call OHC at 513-751-2145.