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Botsford Offers Free Head & Neck Cancer Screening on April 26

Farmington Hills, Mich. (March 24, 2014)---Botsford Cancer Center will be offering FREE screenings for cancers of the head and neck on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: 27900 Grand River Ave., Farmington Hills. Call 248-471-8120 to register. Registration required. Limited number of appointments. Exams performed by ear, nose and throat surgeon Warren Brandes, D.O., and his team of ENT residents. 
 
According to the National Cancer Institute, alcohol and tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco (chewing tobacco or snuff), are the two most important risk factors for head and neck cancers. At least 75 percent of head and neck cancers are caused by tobacco and alcohol use. 
 
The symptoms of head and neck cancers may include a lump or a sore that does not heal, a sore throat that does not go away, difficulty in swallowing, and a change or hoarseness in the voice. These symptoms may also be caused by other, less serious conditions. It is important to check with a doctor or dentist about any of these symptoms. 
 
Head and neck cancers account for approximately three percent of all cancers in the United States. These cancers are nearly twice as common among men as they are among women. Head and neck cancers are also diagnosed more often among people over age 50 than they are among younger people. 
 
PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. Warren Brandes examines a person for head and neck cancer at a previous free screening day at Botsford Cancer Center. 

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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