Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (May 17, 2011)---Botsford physicians performed 260 free cancer screenings on Saturday at the Botsford Cancer Center.
"Early detection remains our greatest challenge in the successful treatment of cancer," said Nicholle Mehr, director of the Botsford Cancer Center.
Of the 118 patients screened for skin cancer, abnormal skin lesions were detected in 36 patients while 78 of the 142 patients screened for head and neck cancer were found to have suspicious areas that could indicate cancer. They were referred to their family physician for more definitive tests. Physicians found masses indicating probable cancer in 11 patients.
"We were able to detect abnormalities and recommend biopsy or immediate follow up for these patients," said Mehr.
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.
The Vizilite oral cancer screening tool used for the head and neck screenings was donated by Zila Pharmaceuticals.
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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