Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (May 3, 2011)---Botsford Hospital's Cancer Center will conduct free screenings for head and neck cancer and skin cancer on Saturday, May 14.
Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in this country while head and neck cancers are the sixth most common. Both types of cancer can be easily curable when detected early. Screenings are key to early diagnosis.
The screenings will be held from 9 a.m. until noon at the Botsford Cancer Center. Registration is required. To register, please call the Botsford Cancer Center at (248) 471-8120.
Skin cancer screening involves a head-to-toe skin assessment. A health professional will look for suspicious areas, such as discolored or misshapen moles. People with possible skin cancer or precancerous conditions will be referred either to their family physician or to a dermatologist for further tests.
Head and neck cancers are a wide range of tumors in several regions of the head, neck and oral cavity including sinuses, mouth, larynx, and throat. Major risk factors for developing these cancers include exposure to tobacco and heavy use of alcohol. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a commonly occurring virus, may also play a role in head and neck cancers. 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.
The Botsford Cancer Center is located at 27900 Grand River Avenue in Farmington Hills.
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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