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Botsford Offers Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screenings

Farmington Hills, Mich. (April 30, 2010)---The Botsford Hospital Cancer Center will offer a free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Educational and Screening Event on Saturday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. The screening will consist of a conventional head and neck examination along with the ViziLite Plus System, which provides early identification of oral abnormalities that can lead to oral cancers.  
 
Advance registration for the screening is required. To register, please call the Botsford Cancer Center at (248) 471-8120.  
 
The event will also include educational presentations by Botsford oncologists. At 10:30 a.m., Craig Gordon, D.O., will present on the cause and prevention of oral cancers. Richard Zekman, D.O., will discuss head and neck cancers at 11:30 a.m. 
 
An average of 47,000 cases of oral, head and neck cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States. Tobacco (including smokeless tobacco) and alcohol use represent important risk factors for head and neck cancers. Non-smokers have developed mouth and throat cancer associated with the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV. This is of particular concern to younger sexually active teens. 
 
Signs and symptoms of these cancer may include a sore that doesn’t heal, persistent pain in the mouth, lumps or discolored patches inside the mouth, thickening of the cheek, soreness in the throat, changes in your voice and a lump in your neck. 
 
The Botsford Cancer Center is located at 27900 Grand River Avenue in Farmington Hills. Dunkin Donuts on Grand River Ave. in Farmington Hills has donated refreshments for this event. 

Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.

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